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Video Recreates the Moon Landing Using Photos From NASA’s Archives

If the Apollo 11 mission ever gets the full Hollywood treatment, the trailer might look something like the video below. Despite its polished style, this short film from the artist Christian Stangl wasn't made using traditional CGI: Every frame you see was constructed from still photographs pulled from NASA’s Apollo archives.

According to Sploid, the film, titled Lunar, required thousands of images to create. Stangl created the video effect by splicing several pictures into single shots and animating the scenes in Adobe After Effects. Some sequences feature stills that were taken together in rapid succession.

Stangl isn’t the first person who's thought to put NASA’s public domain photos into motion. Last year, filmmaker Chris Coupland edited together a similar short dubbed Apollo. You can watch the video here to see how the two compare.

[h/t Sploid]

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The plant art of Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue goes way beyond flower arrangements. Inoue, who created the clothing brand Reikan Apparel, fashions intricate portraits of insects out of the plants that make up their habitats, as Laughing Squid spotted.

The series, "Natura Insects," includes butterflies made of flower petals, leaves intricately woven into moth wings, and black widows with rosemary legs. The results are delicate, innocent-looking bugs that no person could bear to squash. Inoue carefully arranges the pretty plant sculptures, then photographs them against a white background, resulting in an unexpected take on the traditional insect display cases seen in natural history museums.

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