NASA, the Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, and WhiteWall Photo Lab bring to Photoville never-before-printed, high-resolution images of the Moon.
While millions dream of traveling to the Moon, only 12 humans have actually walked on it. For now, the next best thing is NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and the incredibly high-resolution images it transmits back to Earth. The images are fascinating for fans of exploration and photography alike.
Select images from the LROC will be featured in an exhibition organized by Whitewall — the German-based online photo lab that produced these images — and Professor Mark Robinson, who teaches at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and is the Principal Investigator for the imaging system on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The collection of images, some of which have never been printed before, conveys the beauty and grandeur of the lunar landscape, highlights ongoing science discoveries and gives a sense of the history of lunar exploration. The prints are all original photo prints under acrylic glass, which offers incredible sharpness, brilliant color and can be produced in formats of up to 114 by 71 inches.
Mark Robinson is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. He was a member of the science teams for the NASA Clementine, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, and MESSENGER missions. His research interests are currently focused on the origin and evolution of planetary crusts, including volcanism, tectonism, and regolith development. Investigations are approached using a variety of remote sensing techniques — multispectral imaging, spectroscopy, stereo analysis, and geomorphology — utilizing datasets from Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Clementine, Galileo, NEAR, Lunar Prospector, Mars Global Surveyor, and Mars Odyssey. He is currently working on the Mars 2020 Rover and is the Principal Investigator of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).
As the Principal Investigator, Robinson leads science analysis of ultra-high resolution imaging (50 cm/pixel) and the first ever global high resolution UV through Visible multispectral mapping of the Moon (315 nm to 680 nm). The LROC imaging systems provide opportunities to map compositional variations of the lunar crust and reveal details of how airless body regoliths (soils) are formed and evolve with time — key knowledge for planning and executing future lunar exploration endeavors.
WhiteWall is a brand owned by Berlin-based Avenso GmbH, which has operated the photo lab and WhiteWall.com online service since 2007. WhiteWall allows professional photographers and amateurs to upload, print, mount and frame their images in gallery quality, using award-winning acrylic glass, metal and aluminum prints, and hand-crafted solid wood frames. All products are available in large, custom sizes, 24/7 on WhiteWall.com. All orders are printed in our professional lab in Frechen, just outside of Cologne, Germany, and shipped worldwide in custom cut packaging for maximum protection.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University, established in 2006, is a ground-breaking educational initiative to combine science and engineering research to achieve a better understanding of the universe and, especially, our home world.