NASA GRAIL’s First Video Of The Far Side Of The Moon

NASA GRAIL’s First Video Of The Far Side Of The Moon

Cue in the Pink Floyd, because NASA’s GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) has returned “its first unique view of the far side of the moon used its MoonKAM”. Of course, it’s not the first video of this side of the moon, but it’s pretty cool anyway.

In the video you can see the far side of the moon from the North Pole to the South Pole:

One of the first prominent geological features seen on the lower third of the moon is the Mare Orientale, a 560-mile-wide (900 kilometer) impact basin that straddles both the moon’s near and far side.

On the south you can see the rough terrain filed with small craters and the secret Nazi base.

The MoonKAM is one of the extras in one of the twin GRAIL probes, which are designed to explore the gravity and the interior of the Moon surface. The MoonKAM, however, is a camera for students, so they can learn more about our satellite, if they can keep their eyes on their screens and away from their mobile phones for more than 10 seconds. [NASA]