Something has been bothering me ever since I saw the thread of NASA's new picture of the Moons north pole:
Original thread by tauristercus
Now we can clearly see (and it was discussed in the above thread) that the picture is a mosaic of various
pictures... you'll notice the cake like slices that make it up if you look closely.
When I saw the photo I just couldn't understand why a) We cant just get 1 good picture of the Moon's north pole,
b) Why can't we get some shots of it much closer? with a bit more detail? and I'm talking ground zero. Why?
Well it kind of popped out of my mind again and I didn't loose any sleep over it... until today.
After clicking on the crab nebula thread with the pulsar, I noticed something on the asteroid Vesta on
science.com that got me, once more, thinking about the photo of the moon's north pole.
Vesta on science.com
This photo was taken from NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 3200 miles away from the giant Asteroid and its huge
mountain, and yet the picture is not made up of a mosaic and the scale of the craters seems to imply NASA are
managing to picture it from, if not as close as the Moon's north pole, even closer.
How can this be?
The Moon is our closest celestial body, and yet NASA can get better pictures of an asteroid flying though Space
(on its way to photo Ceres next year) than it can of our beloved satellite??
There does seem to be something fishy about the quality of visual data we sheeple are trickled from TPTB
regarding the moon. Wouldn't you agree ATS'rs?
Rice and Peace.
edit on 7-10-2011 by Lagrimas because: grammar police