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NASA 'Dark Side' Video Provides a Never-Before-Seen Glimpse of Moon

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 10:29 AM

NASA's new "dark side" video released last week provides a fascinating look at the far side of the moon, a perspective rarely seen without the aid of a space probe.

The moon rotates once every 27 days, about how long it takes for it to orbit the Earth, The Washington Post noted.

"The phenomenon is called synchronous rotation," The Post reported. "In all, about 59 percent of the moon is visible from Earth over the course of an orbit. We never ever see 41 percent of the moon — the side that many call 'dark.'"

According to NASA, the terrain on the far side of the moon is different from what people are accustomed to seeing.

"It lacks the large dark spots, called maria, that make up the familiar Man in the Moon on the near side," the space agency noted. "Instead, craters of all sizes crowd together over the entire far side. The far side is also home to one of the largest and oldest impact features in the solar system, the South Pole-Aitken basin, visible here as a slightly darker bruise covering the bottom third of the disk."

Helen Regan, of Time magazine, said the NASA presentation fires up the imagination of what Earth must look like from the moon's perspective.

"In 1959, the Soviet Luna 3 probe sent back the first grainy images of the moon's dark side," Regan wrote. "Fifty years later, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched and, since 2009, has been relaying hundreds of terabytes of data, allowing scientists to create detailed maps of the moon’s surface. For the first time, these animations, created by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, allow people on Earth to see a completely different side of our nearest heavenly neighbor."

Some on social media could not resist making references to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album.






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