KAGUYA LUNAR ATLAS PDF

What makes these images so much more engaging than standard vertical view lunar photography is that they are taken looking obliquely along the flight path. Thus, they show the Moon as it would be seen by an astronaut looking through a porthole window while orbiting only km above the lunar surface. This is the view we all would wish to have but are never likely to, except vicariously through the awe-inspiring Kaguya HDTV images. Each page features a HDTV image with a map of the entire Moon on the upper left showing where the image is located. On the upper right is a word description.

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What makes these images so much more engaging than standard vertical view lunar photography is that they are taken looking obliquely along the flight path. Thus, they show the Moon as it would be seen by an astronaut looking through a porthole window while orbiting only km above the lunar surface. This is the view we all would wish to have but are never likely to, except vicariously through the awe-inspiring Kaguya HDTV images.

Each page features a HDTV image with a map of the entire Moon on the upper left showing where the image is located. On the upper right is a word description. Seeing the Moon is not intended solely for lunar scientists who are striving to work out the mysteries of the Moon's origin and evolution. Everyone can appreciate the natural beauty and be entranced by the view of the nearby world where humans may one day live.

Each image is expertly referenced against a Full Moon map for both nearside and farside I would whole-heartedly recommend the Kaguya Lunar Atlas to anyone who is an avid moon watcher, space fan, or would love to see the surface of an alien world as it truly looks, up close and personal. The collection is stunning in the amount of close detail it displays.

Highly recommended. The Atlas comprises images of various lunar features, with detailed captions describing what we are seeing and how craters, rilles, pits, domes and mountains formed. The earlier chapters also look back towards Earth, showing spectacular Earth rises, the phases of Earth and even the Earth eclipsing the Sun and creating a diamond ring effect.

The HDTV camera captured significant surface features, impact craters, maria, rilles, lava flows and geological faults in stunning detail. The Kaguya images are spectacular, the authors have provided outstanding explanatory support For people interested in learning to understand what they see on the Moon, this book would be a useful reference. The captions combined with the images lift this book above the eye candy category and make it a reference worth owning.

What makes the images much more engaging than standard vertical-view lunar photographs is that they were taken looking obliquely along the flight path. This is the view we all would wish to have, but are never likely to, except vicariously through the awe-inspiring Kaguya HDTV images. Because of the unique perspective of the images each plate shows the surface in a manner that makes it visually appealing and scientifically understandable.

Charles Wood, an expert on lunar science and history, describes the pictures with text as informative as the images are beautiful. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Springer. Condition: New. Seller Inventory NEW More information about this seller Contact this seller. Shirao, Motomaro; Wood, Charles A. Shirao, Motomaro ; Wood, Charles A. Publisher: Springer , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Buy New Learn more about this copy.

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The Kaguya Lunar Atlas

Posts Comments. Carrying an array of spectrographs and instruments, the probe, more familiarly known as Kaguya after the mythical Japanese Moon princess, also sported a pair of tiny relay satellites plus two each 2. Kaguya spent 3 plus years in orbit about kilometers over the lunar surface before achieving a controlled crash on June 10 th , just beyond the terminator of the Moon. Wood is both an avid observer and fan of the Moon from his monthly Exploring the Moon column and Lunar Photo of the Day fame.

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The Kaguya Lunar Atlas: The Moon in High Resolution

The Japanese Kaguya mission to the Moon launched in , spending two years observing our nearest neighbour before it was directed to impact the lunar surface. The images are spectacular. Craters loom out of the landscape like giant amphitheaters and rilles run in criss-cross fashion across plains and bisecting craters, while dark mare stretch for hundreds of kilometres, lapping onto the shores of giant mountain ranges. The Atlas comprises images of various lunar features, with detailed captions describing what we are seeing and how craters, rilles, pits, domes and mountains formed. That the Moon can still be so mysterious pleased me.

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