NASA Video: View from the Dark Side of the Moon

February 20, 2015


A number of people who’ve seen NASA’s annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can’t be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question. The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.

But this begs the question – What? no Pink Floyd?


5 Responses to “NASA Video: View from the Dark Side of the Moon”

  1. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    The “dark” side of the the moon actually gets slightly more sunlight than the near side, because it never sees a solar eclipse (same as our lunar eclipse).

  2. redskylite Says:

    Many thanks to Crock and to NASA for sharing this impressive perspective of the backside of our moon. The side we see on Earth has far more character and suitable for paintings and photography, thanks nature for putting on a show.

    Also thanks for reminding me of my most treasured LP and times from my late yourt (I was a mere 25 when this LP was released).

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Hate to be the Grinch, but there is NO, repeat NO, repeat NO, reason on Earth for us to care one bit about what’s on the back side of the moon. It’s about as important to the greater scheme of things as whether or not Mitch McConnell has warts on his left buttock.

    More wasted resources—-talent and $$$$—-that could have been better spent exploring the oceans and the atmosphere where we live, and attempting to understand and deal with the impacts of AGW.

    Will we soon be hearing again about how the human race will be saved by Elon Musk’s Mars colonization plans? They have just released the names of the 100 finalists for the Mars One “create a job for life for the organizers” scheme. This one is better than Solar Roadway, because it so big, will take 10 years, and WILL BE ON TV! (move over Kim Kardashian and Snooky). A snippet of a recent WashPost article:

    “To fund the estimated $6 billion trip (for just the first four people), Mars One will be televising the remainder of the competition to narrow the group down to 24. Those 24 people will be divided into six teams of four that will compete to determine which group is most prepared to leave for Mars in 2024”.

    All that will be on TV for the next 10 years. And it’s a suicide mission, a one-way trip to oblivion. There is definitely something wrong with this country (and the human race) ig this is what we’ve come to.

  4. Although NASA has also been putting a lot of new technology to monitor earth these past years, I guess this one is a result of a long and inevitable mission to map our closest object. In some way you can’t miss the fact that the back of the moon is as interesting as the front, a dead place with lots of craters. One advantage of the back side of the moon is that if you are far enough out you get to see earth in the background, and appreciate how rich Earth is with life and how different is is.

    The overview effect is one that all should appreciate, even if its just from the cameras of some NASA mission. I don’t think many people realize how fragile the planet is and how amazing it is that life has evolved as far as this. It’s even given us brains to contemplate our own existence in relation to it all – and rather than taking shortcuts to deities and faith that makes the earth meaningless in the big picture – we should embrace that this is all that we got – and we better make our best effort to keep it that way.

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