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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!