Mesmerizing time-lapse stitched together from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images. The moon does indeed rotate, taking a full lunar month to spin once. On Earth, we only see a fixed view of the same side all the time because the moon is tidally locked. This NASA video shows what a rotation of the moon looks like. Note the stark contrast between the dark “seas” on the side we see from Earth and the bright highlands on the far side.
Via Open Culture.
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Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
(They change their sky, not themselves, who cross the sea)
Epigraph to Part Two of Interstellar Girl
Former NASA administrator Michael Griffin doesn’t like all this hemming and hawing about getting back to the moon.
I think 2028 is so late-to-need that it doesn’t even need to be on the table. Such a date does not demonstrate that the United States is a leader in anything. This is 2018. It took us eight years to get to the Moon the first time, and you’re going to tell me it takes 10 to 12 to 14 to do it again when we know how? I just want to drop a flag on the play.
The occasion was a meeting of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, one of whose members, Buzz Aldrin, is also against NASA’s plans for a “lunar gateway”/space station in lunar orbit with boots on the ground whenever we get around to it. Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle, also thinks the timeline for getting back to the surface is really “far off.”