“Data and Methods for Recreating Earthrise” by Wright

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    Data and Methods for Recreating Earthrise



    The famous Apollo 8 photograph known as Earthrise, as well as two others taken at about the same time, document the moment when the Earth was seen for the first time by human eyes from behind the Moon. But historians, and the astronauts themselves, disagree about exactly how these photographs came about. A new visualization recreates this moment in the flight and answers a number of open questions, including the orientation of the spacecraft, the precise timing of the photographs, the windows they were taken through, and the identity of the photographer. I will discuss important elements of the visualization, all derived from data products and software that are readily available to the public but which may not be widely known among CG artists.


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