Comparison - POV-Ray Lunar Explorer Simulation vs. NASA Photo

To demonstrate some of what the Lunar Explorer program script can do, below are some comparisons between an actual NASA mission photograph and a Lunar Explorer simulation.  (This is not a competition, it is simply a comparison.) 

The Lunar Explorer renderings produced look very similar to images returned by NASA missions.  This is to be expected because technically they were, since the lunar surface texture map and the telemetry data used to create the DEM (Digital Elevation Model) used for the 3D lunar surface relief were all derived from NASA missions in the first place.  Without those lunar missions and the vital data they returned, none of this lunar POV-Ray work would be possible.

Jay Tanner - 2017