The Moon's Farside

Description

Since the Moon's rotation is tidally locked to the Earth, one side points constantly towards the Earth. Hence for observer's on our planet, it has a "nearside", which we can see, and a "farside", which we can't. Knowledge of features on the Moon's farside has increased gradually as spacecraft provide new glimpses of it.

Maps


Additional Information

Images of the Farside from Succeeding Generations of Spacecraft

Lunar Orbiter IV (1967)

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image source: LPOD Gallery

Clementine (1992)

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image source: LPOD Gallery

Chang'e-1 (2007-2008)

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image source: LPOD Gallery

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