Sunday, March 18, 2018
Rotating Moon from LRO
from: NASA APOD
Rotating Moon from LRO 24 sec.
Arizona State U.,
No one, presently, sees the Moon rotate like this.
That's because the Earth's moon is tidally locked to the Earth, showing us
only one side.
Given modern digital technology, however, combined with many detailed images returned by the
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a high resolution virtual
Moon rotation movie has been composed.
The above time-lapse video
starts with the standard Earth
view of the Moon.
Mare Orientale, a large crater with a dark center
that is difficult to see from the Earth, rotates into view just below the equator.
From an entire
lunar month condensed into 24 seconds,
the video clearly shows that the Earth side of
the Moon contains an abundance of
dark lunar maria,
while the lunar far side is dominated by bright
Currently, over 20 new missions to the Moon are under active development from four different countries, most of which have expected launch dates either this year or next.