reply to post by theability
OK, I skimmed, and was distracted by a follow-on posting that talked of a "humanoid" figure, thought you were egging him on. My mistake.
AS TO an 'oblique'.... still, even then, anything that would jut out (and up above) the surface would have to be HUGE in order to be significant
when photographed from a 97-kilometer high orbit, n'est pas? Not likely, as has never been seen.
You mentioned a "blue-green" hue?
Don't see that (except in the 'false color' images).
Again, the perspective of distace (photo from orbit) will cause any subtle variations in color to wash out, and be hardly noticeable. (Why the Moon
looks so monochromatic, to the naked eye, even through telescopes, from the Earth).
Now, of course, photos reproduced by various media will have slightly different tones, and perceived 'colors'. Monitor differences, when viewed
Here's a longer-view oblique, from 'lpi'...certain ridges are well-delineated, mostly due to the shadows they cast, because of the Sun's angle.
Of course, those natural crater walls, and other features, are high, and thus obvious. Point of the 'oblique', as you mentioned...
BUT, even without the oblique angle, any variations in surface depth are well-spotted, again via shadows. The craters, for instance --- quite obvious
that they are concave. Of course, we know
that they are craters, so we expect to see the depressions.
Here's a view of the same area, from a telescope on Earth:
Here's the vertical view, straight down. Note what I said about the shadows, and how terrain features are discernible, even without an 'oblique'
Again, all the Apollo Lunar landings were planned and timed to occur at local Lunar 'morning'. The most obvious reason was for better perspective,
and orientation, since the longer shadows assist with that.
Also, the temperatures are most conducive, then.
Now, I really like this one (from a pilot's perspective, I can relate) because it's lower down, just a few kilometers above. Much as you would see
from an airplane, over mountainous terrain on Earth:
[edit on 3 April 2010 by weedwhacker]