After Curiosity (NASA’s Mars rover) landed safely on the Red Planet’s surface, it started the process of sending some incredible images back home to us on Earth. Not only that, but we also received a series of images that showed the actual decent and landing of the rover.
That footage was then taken and modified to produce some incredible high definition videos.
According to Geek.com, someone else had previously done the exact same thing with video footage of the Apollo 16 Lunar Roving Vehicle, also known as the “moon buggy,” driving across the surface of the Moon in 1972.
The “moon buggy” was used on the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. However, a lot of people have yet to see this high definition version of the Apollo 16 mission footage.
The high definition video footage can be viewed in 720p and the videos stabilization was achieved by using the Deshaker v2.5 filter with VirtualDub 1.9.9.
At the 58 second mark, in the original footage below, you can see the comparison of the two videos.
The stabilized version of the footage does show quite an improvement and it gives us a much better idea of what the astronauts experienced that day.
Since Golden Spike is planning commercial flights to the Moon, it may not be too long until we see even higher quality footage using modern video equipment.
NASA is also planning to crash probes onto the Moon next week to see what exactly lies below its surface.
You can watch the high definition footage of driving the “moon buggy” below.