Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is Acquiring 3-D Images of the Moon

Posted on September 25, 2012

Janssen K 3D Image


NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is acquiring 3-D images of the moon. The stereo images of the moon were recorded in a high resolution of 0.5 to 2 meters/pixel. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Narrow Angle Camera (LROC NAC) team from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University are developing a processing system to automatically generate anaglyph 3-D images from most of these stereo pairs. NASA says the 3-D images will make lunar features such as craters, volcanic flows and lava tubes jump out in 3-D. You need red/blue glasses to see the 3-D effect. The image above shows the Janssen K, a crater on the floor of the large Janssen Crater.

Four anaglyphs have been released so far. They are located here. NASA says more anaglyphs will be released through the LROC web site and the NASA LRO web site at as they become available.

Photo: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University