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This is the hidden face of the moon like you've never seen if before, as captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LOLA - instruments. Despite its appearance, the picture wasn't processed by NASA scientists taking '___' while listening to Pink Floyd.
The rainbow colors correspond to the elevation of the terrain, going from 20,000 feet (red) to -20,000 feet (blue). The beautiful coloring, combined with the unique sharp view of the craters—the largest in the solar system—makes me want the whole Moon to be exactly like that all year around.
The image is part of an article on ten cool things discovered in the first year of the LRO, which includes the Moon landing sites but not this amazing close up of its surface. [NASA]
For each beam, LOLA measures time of flight (range), pulse spreading (surface roughness), and transmit/return energy (surface reflectance). With its two-dimensional spot pattern, LOLA unambiguously determines slopes along and across the orbit track.
Originally posted by dlifesjrny
I guess that rules out the idea of alien moon bases on the dark side.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
I'll see you, on the dark side of the moon.
[edit on 27-6-2010 by speculativeoptimist]