Moon Multimedia

This image compares the larger moons and smaller planets of the solar system. Note that both Ganymede (moon of Jupiter) and Titan (moon of Saturn) are larger than the planet Mercury. Our Moon is closest in size to Io.

This video clip documents the most historic event in the exploration of the moon as Neil A. Armstrong becomes the first man to step onto the moon's surface.

This rotating animation shows the distribution of topography on the moon. The colors blend smoothly from the lowest point (black) to highest point (white), with a full spectrum in-between: purple is low and red high. The movie shows the moon's large southern hemisphere depression, high ground on the lunar far side, and the smoothness of the flood basalts on the near side.

This animation will demonstrate the phases of the Moon as it moves from new moon thru first quarter, full, last quarter and back to new.

This image shows the 3 major divisions of the Lunar interior - the crust, mantle, and core. The thickness of the lunar crust varies from tens of kilometers in depth (under mare basins) to more than 100 kilometers in some highland regions, with an average thickness of about 70 kilometers. The core radius is between 300 and 425 kilometers.

On December 16, 1992, 8 days after its encounter with Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers (3.9 million miles) to capture this remarkable view of the Moon in orbit about Earth. The Moon is in the foreground; its orbital path is from left to right. At the bottom of Earth's disk, Antarctica is visible through clouds. The Moon's far side can also be seen. The shadowy indentation in the Moon's dawn terminator--the boundary between its dark and lit sides--is the South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest and oldest lunar impact features.

The Galileo spacecraft took the image in 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The image shows a partial view of the Earth centered on the Pacific Ocean about latitude 20 degrees south. The west coast of South America can be observed as well as the Caribbean; swirling white cloud patterns indicate storms in the southeast Pacific. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the Moon is the Tycho impact basin. The lunar dark areas are lava rock filled impact basins.

This image of Copernicus was acquired on the Lunar Orbiter 5 Mission. Copernicus is 93 kilometers wide and is located within the Mare Imbrium Basin, northern nearside of the Moon (10? N, 20? degrees W.). Image shows crater floor, floor mounds, rim, and rayed ejecta. Rays from the ejecta are superposed on all other surrounding terrains which places the crater in its namesake age group: the Copernican system, established as the youngest assemblage of rocks on the Moon.

This mosaic is composed of 1500 Clementine images, taken through a red filter, of the south polar region of the Moon. These images were taken during the first month of systematic mapping. The top half of the mosaic faces Earth. Clementine has revealed what appears to be a major depression near the lunar south pole (center), evident from the presence of extensive shadows around the pole. This depression probably is an ancient basin formed by the impact of an asteroid or comet. A significant portion of the dark area near the pole may be in permanent shadow, and sufficiently cold to trap water of cometary origin in the form of ice.

This is a series of images put together to show rotation.

This image of the Earth and Moon was the first picture taken by the Nozomi camera.

The spacecraft Clementine produced this great movie clip of the limb of the Moon with the planet Venus.

Taken by Clementine this clip shows the Apollo 16 landing site.

This video clip was taken from the NASA movie Galile Earth Moon 1 Encounter in 1990.

The Earth and Moon were imaged by Mariner 10 in 1973 from 2.6 million km while completing the first ever Earth-Moon encounter by a spacecraft capable of returning high resolution digital color image data. These images have been combined at right to illustrate the relative sizes of the two bodies. From this particular viewpoint the Earth appears to be a water planet!

This video clip was taken from the NASA movie Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants (JSC 603).

This video clip was taken from the NASA movie Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants

This video clip was taken from the NASA movie Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants and shows the lunar module blasting off the surface of the Moon.

This clip demonstrates how the gravity is much less on the Moon as the astronauts play a little soccer with a rock! This video clip was taken from the NASA movie Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants.

Apollo 17 went to the Moon in 1973. This video clip is a slide show of the mission.

This video clip, taken in 1973 shows the Apollo 17 capsule with parachutes out splashing down into the ocean at the end of the mission.

Taken in 1973, this video clip shows a crescent Earth as seen by the crew of Apollo 17 on their way to the Moon.

This video clip was taken in 1973. It shows a crewmember of Apollo 17 going outside the capsule on a spacewalk.

This video clip shows the launch of Apollo 17 as it begins its voyage to the Moon.

This video clip shows the command module of Apollo 16 lifting off the surface of the Moon in 1972.

This video clip shows the command module after it has taken off from the lunar surface. The module must rotate before it can dock with the lunar orbiter.

Apollo 16 went to the Moon in 1972. This video clip of Earth was taken by the astronauts.

This video clip is a slide show of the Apollo 16 mission which went to the Moon in 1972.

Lunar Module slowly separates and rotates away from Command module in this video clip from Apollo 16's mission to the Moon in 1972.

This video clip shows the liftoff of the Saturn V rocket taking Apollo 16 on its mission to the Moon in 1972.

Astronaut John Young is being rather goofy as he pops a wheelie with the lunar rover during the Apollo 16 mission.

The gravity on the Moon is about 1/6 that of Earth, enabling astronaut John Young from Apollo16 to jump higher than he would on Earth.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young speeds around the lunar surface in the rover commenting "Indy's never seen a driver like this!"

Astronaut Alan Sheppard plays a bit of lunar golf in this clip, sending the ball "miles and miles" on the Apollo 14 lunar mission in 1971.

This video clip shows the liftoff sequence of the Apollo 14 Lunar Module from the lunar surface.

The StarrySkies Lunar Eclipse Pages
Total Lunar Eclipse: Second Moon Show of the Year takes place November 8
What is a Lunar Eclipse
Why we don't have a Lunar Eclipse every month
Eclipse Facts
Rating a lunar eclipse - the Danjon Scale
Photographing a Lunar Eclipse
Myths and Lore about Lunar Eclipses
The Lunar Eclipse that Saved Christopher Columbus
Moon Facts
Moonstats - Lunar Vital Statistics
Why we see only one side of the Moon - librations
Lunar Phases
Moon Tales: The Night the Moon fell - 1939 Springfield, Missouri
Moon Tales: When the Moon saved the Sun - New York 1835
Moon Trees - Have you got one in Your Town?
Multimedia Moon - Images and Video clips of the Moon
3D Moon - Catch the Moon in 3D (note: you will need 3D glasses)

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