Tag Archives: Moon

Chasing Our Spaceprob.es

There are several fascinating probes that SpaceProb.es has provide with their easy links – including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (link) which seems to show fairly detailed images on both the dark side and light side of the Moon!

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I found out about this via the original CNet.com article, which I have excerpted below:

Like to chase space probes? Track all active ones from moon and beyond

Crave’s Michael Franco talks with the women who built SpaceProb.es, a colorful and easy-to-use new website that schools you on almost 30 active probes in our solar system.

When Ariel Waldman and Lisa Ballard took a look around space-related Internet sites recently, they discovered something missing. There weren’t any sites that provided a comprehensive picture of all the space probes drifting through our solar system. So on Thursday, February 19, the women launched a mission of their own: Spaceprob.es.

The new website delivers the details on 29 active space probes. These, Waldman told me, include any satellite with which we still… Continue reading on CNet.com

Solved! The Dark Side of the Moon Mystery!

EDITORIAL:  Okay, stop thinking of the excellent Pink Floyd Album – we are not talking about that “mystery” we are talking about the real Moon, and the mystery of the “dark side”!!!   CCS

Solved! The Dark Side of Moon's Mystery!
Solved! The Dark Side of Moon’s Mystery!

The Man in the Moon appeared when meteoroids struck Earth-facing side of the moon creating large flat seas of basalt that we see as dark areas called maria. But no “face” exists on farside of the moon and now, Penn State astrophysicists think they know why. “I remember the first time I saw a globe of the moon as a boy, being struck by how different the farside looks,” said Jason Wright, assistant professor of astrophysics. “It was all mountains and craters. Where were the maria? It turns out it’s been a mystery since the fifties.” This mystery is called the Lunar Farside Highlands Problem and dates back to 1959, when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 transmitted the first images of the Continue reading Solved! The Dark Side of the Moon Mystery!