Watch 1st video ever of the far side of the moon

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

For decades, the far side of our nearest cosmic neighbor has been a mystery, shrouded in darkness and always hidden from view. Until now, thanks to NASA's twin GRAIL satellites, which have delivered the first footage from the dark side of the moon.

As Wired explains:

The entire far lunar hemisphere appears in the video, starting with the moon's north pole. It then pans down over well-known features such as the giant impact basin Mare Orientale, located off to the right, and the prominent Drygalski crater, seen left of center, which contains a distinctive star-shaped formation created when a comet or asteroid smacked into the moon billions of years ago.

Because the moon is tidally locked to Earth, it always shows the same familiar face to our planet. The other hemisphere is sometimes referred to as the "dark side of the moon," though it actually receives equal sunlight as the facing side during the moon's orbit.

And, as far as we can see, there's no evidence of any stupid Decepticons.

(via The Daily What)