Apollo 8 Magazine C Anaglyphs

This is a partial set of all possible anaglyphs from Apollo 8's Magazine C. Pairs of adjacent frames were used. Because the camera was a window-mounted 70 mm Hasselblad, most images are not orthogonal to the lunar surface and many are quite oblique. It is difficult or impossible to create usable anaglyphs from the raw images, so I distorted and rotated the second image of each pair to match the first one. Usually the second image was scaled to about 80% of its width and 90% of its height, and rotated 1-10 degrees, overlain on the first in order to create the anaglyph, then cropped to show most of the overlapping images. I do not know if these images were processed to be viewed in this way during the Apollo era, but if so it must have been tedious and difficult. Much of the imaged area was subsequently photographed by later missions with better cameras, but the angle and lighting from this particular revolution is unique.

All of the images are on the far side. The sequence begins (in lower right) at the sunset terminator near the center of the Korolev basin. The spacecraft then flew north of Crookes crater and imaged its ejecta blanket. It continued over Amici T and then on to Heaviside. Plante is crossed, then the central peak of Keeler, then Keeler S. The spacecraft passes north of Beijerinck and southern Marconi is photographed. The region including Chauvenet and Ten Bruggencate are crossed, then Shrikatsi, and the sequence ends with Danjon and D'Arsonval.


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