The Boulders of Copernicus


This image represents a portion of the central uplift within the crater Copernicus. The image, LOV-152-H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter V on 16 August 1967 at an altitude of 103 km. The spacecraft was looking straight down at the crater as it snapped this picture series. The resolution of this image is 2.2 meters/pixel. [Click on image to enlarge]
Below, you can see the increase in contrast and resolution that LOIRP has attained when you compare the high resolution USGS image (left) and the one obtained by LOIRP on 10 December 2009 (right). [Click on image to enlarge]

3 Replies to “The Boulders of Copernicus”

  1. Keith, the picture on the left is clearly a downsampled lower resolution jpeg version of the original, which is particularly evident in the calibration target. At least post both photos with equivalent pixel density.
    Editor’s note: nothing has been altered. We do not do things like that.

  2. Keith and team
    Another “wow” image from your Project working on ‘older’ Lunar Orbiter images.
    When “we” originally viewed the “Picture of the Century” (Copernicus crater back in mid 60s) I always thought that NASA would have sent one of its later Apollo missions to the rim of the crater. But, of course, that didn’t happen.
    So, your images are making up for that now :-))
    Phill
    UK

  3. I don’t think you understand what I’m telling you. The photo you posted on the left is a low resolution copy of the high resolution USGS image. It is completely obvious if you click on the image and enlarge it and compare the calibration targets of both images. So it is not a fair comparison.
    Editor’s note: No, YOU do not understand – it is from the actual USGS hi res image itself. When you put both images side by side at the same size, this is what you get.

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