PHOTOS: Apollo 15 Moon Landing Remastered Images Show Historic Moment in Vivid Detail 50 Years Later

by Shelby Scott

Today marks Apollo 15’s 50th anniversary. In celebration of that, new images released to Fox News show the moon landing more clearly than ever before. “Apollo Remastered” author Andy Saunders edited and finalized the new versions of the images. According to Saunders’ Twitter post, the spectacular new photo consists of four remastered Hasselblad 70mm film frames. Following, he stitched the four photos into one panorama. “Just LOOK at [t]his place,” he captioned the photo.

In it, viewers see the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The LRV is driven by astronauts Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin. The photo captures the LRV as it travels the moon’s surface for the very first time. “Scott and Irwin landed the lunar module Falcon on July 30,” according to an account of the 1971 event from NASA. Fox News said the mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida four days before the landing and “entered orbit on July 29.”

Following their initial touchdown at the Hadley-Apennine site, the pair “conducted four spacewalks and three excursions using the LRV.” Overall, the astronauts numbered combined totals of 19 hours and 17.5 miles during their exploration. While there, they collected 170 pounds of lunar material. Meanwhile astronaut Alfred Worden remained in orbit taking photos and making his own observations.

Explore Apollo 15’s Landing Site in This Stellar Video:

In addition to the incredibly clear photos Saunders stitched and released in honor of the Apollo 15 Anniversary, he also put together a quick video that provides a snapshot of the crew’s landing site and the extent of their explorations during the mission. Check it out:

In the video’s caption and comments, Saunders detailed for viewers locations shown throughout the video, including the crew’s locations, and the location of the lunar vehicle. He also details the Hadley Rille compared to the LM and the landing site. Comparatively to the two, he said the Rille measures at 1.5KM wide and 300m deep. Based on those measurements, the author said that Hadley Rille “is thought to be a huge conduit that carried lava from an eruptive vent in the distant south.” Check it out above.

Once Saunders’ video takes viewers through the setup of the landing site, it pans to a remastered image of Irwin saluting the American flag and standing beside the two lunar vehicles. After seeing the moon images in such grainy and discolored fashion for so long, Saunders” updated photo highlights the stark contrast between the brightness of colors in the flags versus the gray and black background he stands against. Additionally, Saunders’ remastered image adds some color and shine to both the LM and the Rover, emphasizing their reality, as well as their depth. In short, we thank Andy Saunders for his innovation and this brand new look into the Apollo 15 mission.