Exploration Images
SDO:  Lunar Transit, July 26th 2014

On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light. This image shows the blended result of two SDO wavelengths - one in 304 wavelength and another in 171 wavelength.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO

SDO: Lunar Transit, July 26th 2014

On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light. This image shows the blended result of two SDO wavelengths - one in 304 wavelength and another in 171 wavelength.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO
Space selfie by Kaguya, the Japanese lunar probe.  

Image of high-gain antenna deployment. The right side is the SOL-BC that is part of the X-ray spectrometer.

Image credit: JAXA

Space selfie by Kaguya, the Japanese lunar probe.

Image of high-gain antenna deployment. The right side is the SOL-BC that is part of the X-ray spectrometer.
Image credit: JAXA

Ranger VII: Lunar surface impact movie, July 31st 1964. The Ranger VII probe was the first fully successful US moon probe, and the first moon probe of any country to send back close up images of the lunar surface. It was launched July 28th 1964, 50 years ago today.

Yutu:  Undated photo of “Dragon Rock” on the moon, via China Space on FB
Yutu:  Undated photo of the lunar surface, via China Space on FB
Looking down at the moon from Apollo 13, April 1970
Crescent moon out the window, Apollo 13, April 1970
Far side of the moon, from Apollo 16, April 1972.

Apollo 16 metric camera image of the Moon’s eastern limb and far side. The lower left part of the image shows a portion of the moon visible from Earth. The dark area at the 8:00 position on the edge is Mare Crisium. To the right of that is Mare Smythii. The upper right area shows the heavily cratered lunar far side. The Moon is 3475 km in diameter and North is at 10:30 in this image. (Apollo 16, AS16-3021)

Far side of the moon, from Apollo 16, April 1972.

Apollo 16 metric camera image of the Moon’s eastern limb and far side. The lower left part of the image shows a portion of the moon visible from Earth. The dark area at the 8:00 position on the edge is Mare Crisium. To the right of that is Mare Smythii. The upper right area shows the heavily cratered lunar far side. The Moon is 3475 km in diameter and North is at 10:30 in this image. (Apollo 16, AS16-3021)
LRO: Image of the Moon’s Mt. Hadley & Hadley Rille.  The Apollo 15 landing site is toward the upper left of the image, just this side of the rille.

LRO: Image of the Moon’s Mt. Hadley & Hadley Rille. The Apollo 15 landing site is toward the upper left of the image, just this side of the rille.