[music] The Moon. It’s our nearest
neighbor in space, and data we gather from its features can
tell us a lot about the rest of our solar system. And through
the eyes of the LRO spacecraft, we can explore the lunar surface
in all new ways in fascinating detail. Our tour begins on the
western border, where the near side of the Moon meets the far
side. The enormous feature is a lunar crater and it’s known as
the Orientale basin. Here, LRO’s terrain map combines with
surface gravity measurements from the GRAIL mission. This
data reveals structure in the lunar crust, beneath the
surface, giving us a window into the geologic features of the
Moon’s interior. Our next location receives little direct
sunlight and has some of the coldest recorded temperatures in
the solar system – the South Pole. The highlighted spots
signify potential water ice, based on temperature readings
from LRO’s Diviner instrument and reflectance from its laser
altimeter LOLA. LOLA also allows us to peer into the darkness of
Shackleton crater by bringing us this digital elevation model.
It’s 21 kilometers wide, and 4 kilometers deep, but it pales in
comparison to the largest known impact crater in the Earth-Moon
system – the South Pole-Aitken Basin. Sitting on the far side,
it’s 2500 kilometers across and 13 kilometers deep. We don’t yet
know exactly how old the basin is, but it was first seen in the
1960s by spacecraft flying around the far side. As much as
we use LRO data to investigate areas we can’t see from Earth,
we also probe familiar territory on the lunar near side, to bring
back images with an all-new level of detail. This is Tycho
crater; it’s around 100 million years old. Here, the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera captures the central peak with a
100 meter-wide bolder at the summit – the origins of which
are still a mystery. Continuing across Moon’s nearside, we will
arrive in an area ripe for future exploration, due to the
diversity of impact and volcanic materials. It features a
prominent crater so bright it’s not only visible through
telescopes, but also to the naked eye. Welcome to the
Aristarchus plateau. Here, infrared shows the mineral
pyroxene in orange, and a splash of plagioclase in blue from
Aristarchus crater. This region can tell us a lot about the rich
volcanic history of the Moon. As much as we study the Moon
looking for sites to visit, we also look back at places we’ve
already been. This is because the new data that LRO is
gathering helps us reinterpret the geology of familiar places,
giving scientists a better understanding of the sequence of
events in early lunar history. Here, we descend to the Apollo
17 landing site in the Taurus-Littrow valley, which is
deeper than the Grand Canyon. The path the astronauts took
over the course of three days is
shown. The Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter Camera is even able to capture a view of the bottom
half of the Apollo 17 Lunar Lander, which still sits on the
surface, as well as the rover vehicle. These images help
preserve our accomplishment of human exploration on the Moon’s
surface. Moving onward, we make our way to our final
destination. This location contains regions that exist in
permanent shadow, as well as ones that bask in nearly
perpetual light. It’s the North Pole. Detailed terrain
measurements by LOLA allow scientists to model sunlight and
shadow at the poles over decades and centuries. Sunlit peaks and
crater rims here may be ideal locations for generating solar
power for future expeditions to the Moon. This updated
visualization of the lunar landscape stands as a testament
to the functionality and abilities of the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. And as the mission
continues to gather data, it will provide us with many more
opportunities to take a tour of our Moon. [beeping]

Tour of the Moon in 4K
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100 thoughts on “Tour of the Moon in 4K

  • September 10, 2018 at 1:46 am
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    4k is my egg

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  • September 10, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    Impact craters. Mmm… all projectiles must have came in at 90 degrees. Interesting… very interesting…!!!

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  • September 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    With that kind of detail, I am more interested in all the structures that exist on the moon. THOSE are far more interesting to me than just a high resolution (and EDITED) 3-D model of the Earth's moon. This video is just a fun little Public Relations blurb that is well made for the purpose that it is intended to fulfill. Now NASA, let's get to the marrow beneath the bone.

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  • September 11, 2018 at 9:37 am
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    Not buying this cgi, hollywood, science insulting ,wand waving, fake space! We the people want our money back!

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  • September 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    Amazing cgi created at nasa studios

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  • September 14, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    i think that everything is fake, we have never been on the moon,

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  • September 28, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    Türkler👋

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  • September 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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    180929

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  • October 5, 2018 at 2:14 am
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    Flat Earthers in 5, 4, 3, ….

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  • October 8, 2018 at 2:11 am
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    Why are they not zooming in to show us that Lander? They’re just telling us! Let us see it liars

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  • October 8, 2018 at 4:00 am
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    More photos of the Apollo landing sites please!

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  • October 8, 2018 at 8:35 am
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    Since we have new technology, why can't we see the dark side, since it is illuminated by the sun despite we, from earth can not view? Interesting is also the ability to view the surface in more detail than as if we have no zoom lenses capable to show. Why? Why continuing view by tecnical, and mathematical models and not by the reality?

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  • October 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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    To coin a phrase Fascinating………

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  • October 8, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    nice

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  • October 8, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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    the moon is a sacred place i belive

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  • October 9, 2018 at 4:30 am
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    YES, YES, YESSSSS. We need to be back on the moon.

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  • October 12, 2018 at 7:08 pm
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    Formidable, mil veces formidable. Nunca conseguiré, captar vídeos como este de la NASA, con mis aparatos electrónicos.

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  • October 13, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    Marivic papio

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  • October 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    Amazing how you zoomed in 3D to show that crater with a mountain inside with a boulder resting on top as clear as day then it went to the Apollo 17 site just giving a birds eye view and not very clear??? Hmmmmm strange, or???

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  • October 15, 2018 at 3:30 am
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    Why can't you just give us actual photos, or video?

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  • October 20, 2018 at 12:45 am
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    Science fiction but all day with a phony globe and planets.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    I`ll just put it here … A Clock shaped( chambes on same axis within oposite sides ) sterling engine that would be connected to any kind of engine to create electricity other than solar panels . I see tons of problems with this including the price and lunar dust issue but go bite this one internet 😉

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  • October 22, 2018 at 12:58 am
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    a photoshopped version of the moon removing the bases.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm
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    Bravo! And thank you

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  • November 4, 2018 at 11:37 pm
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    The moon is a rusty metal sphere that is bombarded with dust.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    No Moon Base Alpha?

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  • November 5, 2018 at 11:44 pm
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    What makes planets round?

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  • November 14, 2018 at 6:11 am
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    Nice cgi

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  • November 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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    What a great video!

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  • November 24, 2018 at 7:29 am
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    "A VIRTUAL tour CREATED from data collected from etc", "visualisation". Their words. Not real imagery, not actual footage, pure cgi animation. Considering the amount of money COLLECTED by the American taxpayer, they should have done better.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 9:02 am
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    Nice areas you have in Nevada! And grey vision!!! Excellent!! Now,everybody believes that you have landed on the moon!!

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  • November 24, 2018 at 10:50 am
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    Вперед, человечество

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  • November 27, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    Que legal… Muito bom. Gostei!

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  • November 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    AWESOME! Great video 🙂

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  • December 2, 2018 at 6:34 am
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    Someone stole the flag! 😳

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  • December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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    fake

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  • December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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    cgi

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  • December 3, 2018 at 8:34 pm
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    Where is the USA flag ?

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  • December 4, 2018 at 12:05 am
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    I suggest more subtle music

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  • December 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    It is about time to build a starting ramp on the surface of the moon,to get the cost down for future space travel!!

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  • December 9, 2018 at 11:46 pm
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    Worst ever presentation.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    that place could use a Trump tower

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  • December 12, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    wowwwww

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  • December 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    So your not gonna show all the structures and current activity???

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  • December 19, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    been there

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  • December 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    Traduzam para o portugues

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  • February 14, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    If you want to see the real moon: bruceseesall

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  • February 23, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    I think the dislikes come from fundamentalist Christians when he said a crater was 100 million years old. It left them fuming!

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  • February 27, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    Interesting.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 7:58 am
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    This looks like a 3d model?

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  • February 27, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    0:11 Wow they actually showed stars in the sky…although there would be a million times more than what they showed…still we are making progress..

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  • March 8, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    It's big

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  • March 12, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    question when somebody parks a car its usually gets parked in the drive way or a close to the house as possible so why was the apollo 17 rv parked so fear from the lem did the astronauts need some exercise ?

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  • March 15, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    Turkler

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  • March 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    funny I can get better images then NASA with my nikon p900 lol!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    wer the alienz at ?

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  • March 27, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    I didn't see the Hollywood credits at the beginning.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    What possible reason would there be for a down vote???

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  • March 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    PARODY NASA AXXXAXAX

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  • April 8, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    This is just so cool how by using variation of color we can create meaningful contrast on our quest to better understand and explain to our children what is going on around us. 🙂 Thank you for posting this on YouTube – highlight of my day! 🙂

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  • April 9, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Obfuscation unlimited. Now that you turds have air brushed out everything worth seeing and learning about. Also, it's been shown to be hollow by time and again so it NEVER had "volcanoes". People are SO easily duped. It's a MACHINE!!

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  • April 11, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Hi Watters and space corban different i mean pressure

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  • April 15, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Most excellent.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    I don't get it. How can you tour a model in a film studio?

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  • April 29, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Loved every second of this video, though it didn't really require the dramatic music to make it interesting. At some point, I hope we'll get footage like this of every planet or satellite in our solar system.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    At 3:30 min you see two parallel straight lines in the left/bottom and a detailless surface. Natural straight lines?? Photoshopped?

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  • May 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    That's. Bad cg

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    I dont see the American flag from 1969 😮

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  • May 11, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    I love how so many people think this is real even though the whole video look CGI! 🤣🤣

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  • May 16, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    NASA ® OMG !!!

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  • May 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Will Corry be able to find … with this new Mission on Moon ??? …

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    the funny parts its already living people with domes and everything inside the moon hope you show us in the next video

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  • June 8, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    there are so many loons in this comment section. Great video though, I'm really looking forward to the future when we finally get the chance to colonize further and further into the galaxy

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  • June 9, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Far too short…!

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  • June 10, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    Awesome video

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  • June 11, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    Thats cool!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    The moon is a Satellite 📡 something is working and watching us from the moon 💯God little workers they are inside the moon💯😂you humans will never ever know because we is made for our dominion 🌍not space nore other planets but ours

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  • July 1, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    Yeah but where's the Autobots

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  • July 3, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    ..such a nice CGI…oh sorry, this is visualization of imagination and information gathered from a sci-fi comics.. 🙂

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  • July 6, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    why is the so called Pole near the edge of the dark side and not in the middle of the Darkness and light sides perspectively ?

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  • July 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    This is not true, the universe is unknown to you and the secret in the human eye is like Earth and all the planets do not understand what I mean. I know I will ask a simple and complex question. Why do we see everything from a distance?

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  • July 9, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    ITS CHEEESE

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  • July 14, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    Someday, when we finally build Sir Arthur C Clarke's Space Elevator, and if I'm fortunate to still be alive to see it, I will personally force all the senior members of the Flat Earth Society to ride it to the top, in order to finally see the folly of their ways. 😎

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  • July 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    Terraform the Moon. Until we do we are not space pioneers.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    Is is possible that, way before the earth was so hot, that it spun fast so that the very top layer of earth debris got flying in space creating the moon, and so that could explain why the earth has 71% of water body, i.e. thus creating the hollow to store water on earth, and that lost mass resulted our moon?
    Also if the moon is merged with earth, it could result in filling the water body making it 100% mass?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    Hi lunatics

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  • July 22, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    सत्यानासा😂😂😂😂

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  • August 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    I wonder how much DATA we have sent from space in these 60 years

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  • August 6, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Where can I find Non-Virtual footage with very high quality?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    If you want to send someone to hell, send them to the Moon.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    so awesome. Was that recruiting video music? Like be all you can be, I see the moon?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Wow, what a music. What an animation. I almost believed it was real… haha!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Bore me to tears.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    Show me the flag

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    2:46. Thaaats awesome

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  • August 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Why do people dislike this?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    At 3:05, just left of center, you can see an eye and nose, like some kind of hidden face looking back.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    Hollywood.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    If it weren’t for the flimsy music, this would’ve been a remarkable bundle of infos.

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