Upscaled Footage of Apollo 16 Provides Immersive Lunar-Trip Experience

Take a journey to the not-so-dark side of the Moon with Apollo 16 astronauts.
Derya Ozdemir

If you've ever wanted to see what it's like to be on a Moon rover, you're in for a treat today. YouTuber Denis Shiryaev, who is mostly known for his upscaling work, uses AI to increase the resolution and framerate of classic films, and this time, he has managed to make the most attention-grabbing video ever by taking a 16 mm footage of Apollo 16 on Moon back on April 21st, 1972 and upscaling it to 4K 60 FPS.

The magic of AI never ceases to amaze us, and this upscaled video makes the watcher feel like they are chilling with astronauts for sure.

Shiryaev apparently used the version of the footage that NASA had released back in July of 2019 as a baseline. After using Google's DAIN interpolate frames to achieve 60fps and Topaz Labs' Gigapixel AI to reach 4K resolution, he was able to get this crisp-looking footage in no time.

Also, while the lunar landscape might get a bit repetitive, watching the astronauts talk about the craters is definitely worth it.

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