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The Saint
2006-Mar-19, 08:05 PM
What site has the best photos of the far side of the Moon?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2092495,00.html

ToSeek
2006-Mar-19, 09:26 PM
This looks like a good place to start:

http://simkin.asu.edu/clem/

publiusr
2006-Mar-24, 08:30 PM
That is a good link. A lot of flat ground to land on.

Dan Luna
2006-Mar-27, 01:46 PM
The Clementine probe returned some good images, but was intended to study the mineralogy with the Sun directly overhead, so the photos near the equator don't show the features well due to the lack of shadows.

Map-a-Planet (http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/Map-a-Planet/) is useful for producing images of any area and scale that you want from a mosaic of Clementine photos. The Albedo (Natural Colour) version is particularly nice.

For photos of the entire Moon showing shadows, the Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunar_orbiter/) is a convenient collection, although it doesn't include the really close up shots. H photos are high resolution, M medium.

To locate features, a map including the farside is useful, such as Lunar Chart (LPC-1) (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapcatalog/LC1/index.html).

If you just want to see a few sights, try the following in the Lunar Orbiter Atlas Feature Name Search:

Orientale, Tsiolkovskiy, Ingenii, Schrodinger.

Cavermike
2006-Mar-28, 01:21 AM
That is a good link. A lot of flat ground to land on.


I thought the far side of the moon had a greater number of craters compared to the side that faces Earth.

Dan Luna
2006-Mar-28, 01:46 PM
Yes, the far side is more heavily cratered. Dark lava floods forming the maria have occurred mostly on the near side, levelling these areas to a certain extent, although close up there are still plenty of relatively small craters that have formed since then.

publiusr
2006-Mar-30, 07:58 PM
There is still plenty ofgood level surface there.

antoniseb
2006-Mar-30, 08:45 PM
There is still plenty of good level surface there.
Agreed. The back side of the moon should be an interesting place for radio astronomy. There's plenty of places level enough and large enough for any imagineably large spacecraft to land safely.

publiusr
2006-Mar-30, 09:09 PM
Nice article:
http://www.airandspacemagazine.com/ASM/Mag/Index/2006/AM/soap.html

Nicolas
2006-Apr-03, 09:18 PM
I just noticed something (slow me :)).

Publiusr, is there any link between you and member "Publius"?

I never encountered Publius, that's why I only notice it now.


I'm curious whether they will proceed with plans to land men on the far side. How will they do comms?

ottawan
2006-Apr-03, 10:42 PM
A lunar TDRS network perhaps?

ngc3314
2006-Apr-04, 01:53 PM
A lunar TDRS network perhaps?

Except near the edge of the far side, a single relay in a halo orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 point would do it. Harrison Schmidt championed such an idea for a spectacular final Apollo landing on the far side (and apparently made himself pretty obnoxious to some administrators while doing so).

Thinking how the relayed video would have looked with the central peak of Tsiolkovskii in the background...

publiusr
2006-Apr-06, 08:33 PM
I just noticed something (slow me :)).

Publiusr, is there any link between you and member "Publius"?

I never encountered Publius, that's why I only notice it now.


No connection. I've been here awhile.