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The project aims to study how the moon formed, its interior composition and why the side seen from Earth looks so different from the "far side," which isn't as dark because of lava flows, Zuber said. "Clearly we don't understand what is happening inside the moon," she said.
The students will be able to select their own "target areas" of the moon's surface to capture on camera.
The 42-day launch window begins September 8,
The two spacecraft will be launched in the same housing, which will separate. They will enter synchronized orbits in January, principal investigator Maria Zuber said. The slow trip saves energy.
Originally posted by kbriggss
How is it that I haven't heard of this? Anyone else? I heard they found lava tubes but not active lava flows that give off light.
This will be interesting. Firstly, wouldn't it stand to reason since the moon is held in place by the earth's gravity that the pull would put any type of eruptions on the 'pull' side?
I think there is some general misunderstanding going on here. The lava flows are ancient and dark in color they are called maria. If they are saying the side we do not see is not as dark as the side facing us I believe they to mean that the "far" side has had less lava flows and thus the coloration of the surface would be lighter in tone.