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The Moon's Near Side Megabasin and Far Side Bulge

Authors: Byrne, Charles

  • Reviews the author's original research and pulls it together in one place
  • Answers many of the questions about lunar history through the discovery of the Near Side Megabasin
  • Elucidates the profound effects the Near Side Megabasin had on the subsequent development of the Moon
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Since Luna and Lunar Orbiter photographed the far side of the Moon, the mysterious dichotomy between the face of the Moon as we see it from Earth and the side of the Moon that is hidden has puzzled lunar scientists. As we learned more from the Apollo sample return missions and later robotic satellites, the puzzle literally deepened, showing asymmetry of the crust and mantle, all the way to the core of the Moon. This book summarizes the author’s successful search for an ancient impact feature, the Near Side Megabasin of the Moon and the extensions to impact theory needed to find it. The implications of this ancient event are developed to answer many of the questions about the history of the Moon.

About the authors

Charles J. Byrne’s interest in the Moon began when he was recruited from Bell Telephone Laboratories to work for the Apollo Project as a member of Bellcomm, the system engineering contractor to NASA headquarters (1962 – 1967). His responsibility was finding potential landing sites on the Moon that were both safe and scientifically interesting. A special responsibility was establishing requirements for the Lunar Orbiter and guiding its missions to support Apollo.

As an interest in the Moon arose in recent years, Byrne combined his experience with Lunar Orbiter with his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories in information theory and programming to enhance the archival photographs. This led to the publication of two books of lunar photographs, one on the near side of the Moon and one on the far side of the Moon. As that work matured, he became interested in the remarkable differences between these two aspects and commenced research activity to find the cause of the difference. The answer is the Near Side Megabasin, the subject of this book.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Dichotic Shape of the Moon: Differences Between the Lunar Near Side and the Far Side

    Byrne, Charles J.

    Pages 1-5

  • Hypervelocity Impact Features from Craters to Ringed Basins to Megabasins

    Byrne, Charles J.

    Pages 7-14

  • Radial Elevation Profiles of Large Craters and Basins Establish Self-Similarity

    Byrne, Charles J.

    Pages 15-21

  • A Model of Large Impact Craters and Basins: Their Cavities, Rims, and Ejecta Deposits

    Byrne, Charles J.

    Pages 23-38

  • The Search for Megabasins to Model the Moon’s Large-Scale Topography

    Byrne, Charles J.

    Pages 39-47

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Moon's Near Side Megabasin and Far Side Bulge
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Astronomy
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Charles J.Byrne
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6949-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6949-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6948-3
Series ISSN
2191-9100
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 125
Number of Illustrations and Tables
45 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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