March 24, 2019

26.03.10: Dude, That’s My Rover!

Attention, lunar landing deniers; NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has a bone to pick with you. The LRO continues to reveal some fairly mind-blowing pics of the Moon up-close. This week saw two uber-cool images which show what a littered place the lunar surface has become. First up is the splat of the Apollo 13 upper stage north of the Mare Cognitum pictured above. Apollo 13 was, of course, the “successful failure” of Hollywood lore. Bright rays and ejecta are apparent, and you can almost picture the booster tail sticking straight out of the lunar regolith like some bad Beastie Boys album cover. Sensors placed 135 km distant by Apollo 12 astronauts registered the impact event.

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Spot the Lunar High- & Low-lands with the Naked Eye!

Did you happen to notice that the Moon was fat and nearly full Halloween night? The technical full Moon for November falls today, Monday the 2nd, at 2:14 PM EST (yes we’re back on standard time now; did you get to work an hour early this morning?) Of course, the full Moon, like all phases, only occurs at an instant in time. That instant is the time that the Moon is exactly 180 degrees, or 12 hours of right ascension opposite to the Sun.

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