The Far Side Revealed A New Mystery

Surprisingly, there were only a few patches of mare on the far side. There was no "Woman in the Moon" to travel with the "Man in the Moon." It was more like we were seeing the back of the head of the Man in the Moon. The far side of the Moon is remarkably uniform at first view, heavily cratered and with little variation in brightness (Figures 1.2 and 1.3).

Even before the Clementine mission, examination of the Lunar Orbiter photography identified a number of large basins on the far side including the giant South Pole-Aitken Basin. Many of these basins are outlined in Figure 1.4, and are shown in great detail in photographs and images of this book. Now we knew more about both similarities and differences between the near side and the far side. Mysteries were resolved, but the new mystery was how the striking differences in the two sides of the Moon came about. g

The differences are so great that Robert Lepage used the J2 contrast as a metaphor in his film "Far Side of the Moon" e for extreme differences between personalities and to the f th competitive space race between the United States and 0 the Soviet Union.

Since the polar orbit was oriented so that the sun was directly behind Clementine as it passed over the Moon's ide equator, the images show the inherent brightness (albedo) r S of the Moon. Shadows appear only near the poles. Figures 1.2 £ and 1.3 are lambert equal-area projections. Jj

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