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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:31

For over four years now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been circling the Moon, giving us an unprecedented look at one of the most familiar objects in the sky.

Along with the incredible amount of measurements and scientific data the satellite has been sending back to scientists here on Earth, LRO has also been taking pictures of the entire lunar surface. NASA recently stitched all those images together, and created a video that gives us a look at something we've never seen before — the rotating moon:
 

 

The moon really does rotate, even though it doesn't look like it from here. Because the moon is 'tidally locked' to the Earth, that means that it always has one face pointed towards us. However, it also means that the time it takes to rotate once is the same as the time it takes to go around the Earth — 27 days.

 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:33

Damn, no alien moon bases on the "dark" side? :(



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:34

i never get to see no moon base



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:40

^ My friends hide them underground. ;)

 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:42

what are those really bright / reflective spots you see in the dark regions? they kinda stand out like a sore thumb



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:44

what are those really bright / reflective spots you see in the dark regions? they kinda stand out like a sore thumb

 

Bleu cheese. :shiftyninja:



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:46

Geeze!  Enough with the Lumia 1020 videos!

 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 13:53

what are those really bright / reflective spots you see in the dark regions? they kinda stand out like a sore thumb

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 14:46

Bleu cheese. :shiftyninja:

well at least it's not munster..



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 15:01

Prefer ultra-super sharp white cheddar, the kind that bites back.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:10

For all we know, we may have bases up there. The government doesn't reveal all of it's secrets.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:18

It makes me ponder, much of the history of humanity is based on the fact that the same side of the moon is always facing us. From our perspective, if we could simply observe the moon rotating, things would be very different today.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:44

Its a Government hoax in reality the rear of the Moon is inverted [concave] so from Earth its like looking at the bottom of a bowl  :woot:  :woot:  :rolleyes: 



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:48

Its a Government hoax in reality the rear of the Moon is inverted [concave] so from Earth its like looking at the bottom of a bowl  :woot:  :woot:  :rolleyes:

 

Can you explain the physics of that? :p :D



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:57

For all we know, we may have bases up there. The government doesn't reveal all of it's secrets.

Maybe, but it's not really possible when most space missions aren't really kept secret. Anyone with the right equipment can scan and track satellites, which would give away the secret.