The beautiful far side of the Moon

Remember this insanely detailed picture of the near side of the Moon? What about the far side, what does it look like? Here you go: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) produced the most accurate map of the far side of the Moon.

The Moon as you’ve never seen it before

Einstein said: “I like to think that the Moon is there, even if I am not looking at it”. Everyone has already stared at the Moon for at least a few seconds, especially when it’s full, and seen some of the lunar maria, those dark, basaltic plains formed by ancient …

A family portrait, coming from space

Have you ever wondered what our solar system looks like, what you would see if you had the chance to look at it?
Thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER probe, you can now have an idea of what you would see if you were looking at our solar system, from the inside out. …

First ever images of the entire Sun

Yesterday, NASA’s twin STEREO probes moved into position on opposite sides of the Sun. They are now constantly sending back images of the entire star.
Each probe is taking a picture of half of the star, and the images are sent to Earth, where they are combined by researchers to create …

Tomorrow, we will see the entire Sun

Tomorrow, February 6, 2011, we will be able to see the front and the far side of the Sun, simultaneously, for the first time in history.
Probes to observe the Sun
Stereo (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) is the third mission of NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) program.
The two nearly identical spacecrafts were …

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