Behold the video of 1972 Apollo 16 lunar rover ride in 4K and colorized

Mar 6, 2020

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Mar 6, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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NASA’s Apollo missions have left us with some iconic images and videos. One of these videos shows astronaut John Young as he was testing out the electrically powered lunar rover during the Apollo 16 mission. Denis Shiryaev took this video and gave it the same treatment as he did to a few other iconic videos. He upscaled it to 4K and colorized it, giving us an immersive, awe-inspiring experience.

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The video was captured in 1972 by astronaut Charlie Duke on 16mm film. He filmed his colleague John Young as he was driving the rover over the craters and sandy surface of the moon. “Charlie was none too steady as a camera operator,” Apollo 16 – Apollo Flight Journal explains, “so in this version, his footage has been given some stabilisation.” Here’s the original (stabilized) footage of the ride, and this is the one Denis used for his experiment:

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The original video has been synchronized with the air/ground audio. Denis left this sound, but polished it up a bit, and added some fantastic background music. As for the video, he used AI to upscale it to 4K/60fps. He also added it a splash of color, again thanks to neural networks. The result is pretty impressive, and in technical terms, I think this is my favorite so far. Check it out above, and make sure to follow Denis on YouTube for more of his work.

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3 responses to “Behold the video of 1972 Apollo 16 lunar rover ride in 4K and colorized”

  1. R Christian Anderson Avatar
    R Christian Anderson

    Just unreal to think this all happened in 1972! Also amazing that today that car (as well as 2 others) remain on the moon all these years later. I wonder if they can still be driven, given the extreme heat and cold on the moon for the past 38 years.

  2. Sulio Pulev Avatar
    Sulio Pulev

    Why you promoting this stupid russian guy’s bullshits? This isNOT well done. He NOT use his own soft but just put OTHER’s footage through OTHER’s soft, also not in a best way. Stop to promote this stupid russian bullshit guy!!!

  3. Michael Collins Avatar
    Michael Collins

    Is that a Volvo or an Opel?