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The Far Side of the Moon: A Photographic Guide

Art / Photobook

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Charles J Byrne

215 pages, Figs, tabs, b/w photos


Hardback | Jan 2008 | #170666 | ISBN-13: 9780387732053
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About this book

This book is a companion to Byrnes's award-winning Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon (Springer, 2005). It provides comprehensive coverage of the far side of the Moon, and is the first book that collects photographs from all five Lunar Orbiter missions: Clementine, Apollo, Luna, Zond, and Nozomi. As in the previous book, the scanning artifacts of the Lunar Orbiter photos have been cleaned.

The photographs show each part of the far side in the most favorable resolution and sun angle. There are many high-altitude oblique photos that provide a feeling of being in space; this book is more like a photographic tour of the far side than an atlas.

The striking differences between the near and far side have been a major mystery for astronomers but this book suggests an explanation: a massive early impact on the near side produced the Near Side Megabasin; an impact so large that its rim is on the far side. The floor of this basin established the canvas for the portrait of the Man in the Moon and its ejecta prepared the far side for the rugged array of basins and craters shown in these photos.

Since many professional and amateur astronomers direct their telescopes to the near side of the Moon; these photos provide a unique opportunity to become familiar with the far side!

Online you can find all the enhanced and cleaned photographs for screen viewing, lectures, etc.

Aus den Rezensionen: "... Tatsachlich dominieren in diesem Buch die Bilder der funf Lunar-Orbiter-Sonden ... Alle Bilder in diesem Buch sind auf der beigelegten CD-ROM enthalten. Der Autor nimmt den Leser mit auf eine Reise zu den geologisch interessantesten Platzen der Mondruckseite. ... Mit diesem Buch hat der Beobachter die Gelegenheit, die Randgebiete unverzerrt zu studieren und kann das im Fernrohr gesehene Bild mit den lokalen Gegebenheiten vergleichen und interpretieren. Das Buch ist warmstens zu empfehlen und sollte in keiner Bibliothek eines Raumfahrtfans oder Mondbeobachters fehlen." (TILMANN ALTHAUS, in: Sterne und Weltraum, July/2009, Issue 7, S. 109)


Preface.- Contents.- The far side topography: why is it so different from the near side?.- The Near Side Megabasin and the South Pole -- Aitken Basin.- Korolev and the antipodal highlands.- The scarp -- the edge of the double layer of crustal ejecta.- Moscoviense, Tsiolkovsky and Gagarin Basins.- The South Pole -- Aitken and Apollo Basins.- The South Polar region -- where the water is?.- The North Polar region.- Glossary.- References.- General Index

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Charlie Byrne worked as a systems engineer at Bellcomm, for support of the Lunar Orbiter project. He is currently carrying out research about the Moon, and was the discoverer of the gigantic "near side megabasin" that covers nearly all of the near side of the Moon and whose ejecta has established the shape of the far side of the Moon.

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