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Astronomy - Popular Astronomy | Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon

Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon

Byrne, Charles

2005, X, 329 p. With online files/update.

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In 1967, Lunar Orbiter Mission 4 sent back to Earth a superb series of photographs of the surface of the Moon, despite severe degradation caused by scanning and the reconstruction processes involved in transmission from lunar orbit.
Using 21st century techniques, Charles Byrne  - previously System Engineer of the Apollo Program for Lunar Orbiter Photography -  has removed almost all the artifacts and imperfections to provide a comprehensive and beautifully detailed set of images of the lunar surface.
The book has been organized to make it easy for astronomers to use, enabling ground-based images and views to be compared with the Orbiter photographs.  The photographs are striking for their consistent Sun angles (for uniform appearance).  All features are identified with their current IAU-approved names, and each photograph is located in terms of latitude and longitude.  To help practical astronomers, all the photographs are systematically related to an Earth-based view.

 

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Lunar - Lunar Orbiter - Lunar Science - Photography - astronomy

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Overview of the Atlas Lunar Orbiter Mission 4 The Mission Overview of the Nearside of the Moon Organization of the Photos Orientale Basin Region Humorum Basin Region Imbrium Basin Region Nectaris Basin Region Serenitatis Basin Region Eastern Basins Region North Polar Region South Polar Region Glossary References

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