On Saturday, “Wired” published an article about the Mission Moon 3-D Press Launch held on 22 October at the London Science Museum:
This stunning book from Brian May lets you see the book in 3D
10 Nov 2018 by Katia Moskvitch
The Queen guitarist and astrophysicist gives the ancient technology of 3D stereoscopy a new life with his new book on the moon landings
“After half a century of photos of the Apollo Moon landing popping up in the media – with many images becoming iconic – publishing yet another book of Apollo pictures might be a tough sell. But Brian May, the 71-year-old lead guitarist of rock group Queen, who is also an astrophysicist, and David Eicher, the editor of US-based Astronomy magazine, have done just that.”
Their trick: nothing more than a technology that predates the moon landings, with the type of stereo photographs and 3D glasses that first became popular in the 1950s. Some Queen fans may have seen May’s book Queen in 3D from 2017. That’s probably because the guitarist has one of the world’s largest collections of Victorian stereo photographs.
Now he has decided to take the idea to the Apollo and the Moon, ahead of next year’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969. The reason? To help space enthusiasts better relive the lunar adventure.
The result is the Mission Moon 3D, a book that includes rare images from the Apollo 11 flight, sourced from NASA and Russian space archives. The 3D glasses that are included with the publication trick the brain into combining two pictures into one. May says that the book is the story of the Soviet-American space race and the Apollo Moon landings told from both sides of the race.