Originally posted by johnlear
I have been looking at this photo from Kaguya. The test (text) says:
A photo from Japan's Kaguya/SELENE moon probe shortly after jettisoning one of two mini-satellites. The western rim Oceanus Procellarum is
clearly visible in the image, which was taken on Oct. 5 about 497 miles (800 kilometers) from the Moon. Credit: JAXA
I have looked for the western rim of Oceanus Procellarum which is ‘clearly visible’ and I can’t find it. I can’t even find Oceanus
I agree John. It is not there.
This is some other portion of the moon.
Although I cringe at citing this source, it was easily found and fairly obvious that there is no mare, there. Let alone the "vast lunar mare on the
western edge of the near side of Earth's Moon".
here is the description of the following pic:
"NASA image PIA00077. This picture of the Moon was taken by the Galileo spacecraft at 6:47 p.m. PST Dec.8, 1990 from a distance of almost 220,000
miles. It shows the dark Oceanus Procellarum in the upper center, with Mare Imbrium above it and the smaller circular Mare Humorum below".
Here is what Oceanus Procellarum looks like from our vantage point here on earth:
Ok so look at the area contained within the green border. It has only a very few craters like Aristarchus, Marius and a couple of others. It does not
look like what we are seeing in Kaguya.
It is most definitely not the Oceanus Procellarum or western limb.
Now since all of the craters are not in the Oceanus Procellarum that means that they have to be on the farside.
Please explain how you deduce: Farside. Not clear on that.
I am certain that you are correct, since the far side has few Mare(s), and is heavily cratered, but how can you be sure?
Do you see a recognizable crater?
That being so, then the left end of the terminator has to be north. If the left end of the terminator were south, all of the craters would be
in the Oceanus Procellarum which they are not.
Please clarify. Not sure what you mean by "left end of the terminator has to be north".
Assuming you're correct, and I have no argument yet, what would be the point of releasing to the world, a low res photo of another part of the moon
(farside) and claiming that it is "the western rim of Oceanus Procellarum" ?
Are we seeing, in your opinion, some sort of leak or clue early in the game?
I just don't get why they would release such an obvious mistake.