A number of people who’ve seen NASA’s annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can’t be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question. The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.
NASA has released a new look at the so-called “dark-side” of our lunar satellite. Mapping data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a robotic NASA satellite, recorded a video of the phases of the moon from the side never seen.
“Just like the near side, the far side goes through a complete cycle of phases,” NASA says. “But the terrain of the far side is quite different. It lacks the large dark spots, called maria, that make up the familiar Man in the Moon on the near side.”