NSSDC Photo Gallery Moon Feature Summary

From Physics Research
NSSDC Photo Gallery Moon
Here the moon is illuminated by Earthshine, but this image was captured by the Clementine satellite, in orbit about the moon. Compare the pattern of the maria and craters in the From Physics Research and Physics in Your World images.

Do both of these images show the same side of the Moon? Also, how are the differences in the images consistent with the location of the camera that captured each one? Remember that Clementine was much closer to the moon surface than is Earth.
image credit: <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/" target="_blank">NASA</a>/Strategic Defense Initiative Organization; <a href="http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/moon/moon_il.html" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/moonfullclem_large.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: NASA/Strategic Defense Initiative Organization; image source; larger image
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April 16, 2010 - May 1, 2010