I’ll Show You A Full Moon! [Science Corner] (Video)

Batten down your science hatches. I'm about to Science you.


As we ALL know, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon for over four years, gathering data and photos of the lunar landscape. They've now utilized space age polymers to cobble some of those images together. The video  presents a first-ever look at the rotating Moon. (I'll show you a rotating moon).

Did you know the moon rotated? Of course you did. We don't see it spin because it always has the same face pointed towards us. The time it takes for the Moon to rotate once is 27 days, the same as the time it takes to go around the Earth. Other than in photos -- and now this video -- the only people who've ever seen the far side of the Moon are the Apollo mission astronauts. So, in essence, we are ALL astronauts now! Don't pee in your suit. Sicko.

You've just been Scienced!

(Check back for the audio component of this story. It will air on the 9/18 edition of my radio show for those of you in one of my markets.)

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