The Most Detailed View of the Dark Side of the MoonS

This is the hidden face of the moon like you've never seen if before, as captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LOLA instruments. Despite its appearance, the picture wasn't processed by NASA scientists taking LSD while listening to Pink Floyd.

The rainbow colors correspond to the elevation of the terrain, going from 20,000 feet (red) to -20,000 feet (blue). The beautiful coloring, combined with the unique sharp view of the craters—the largest in the solar system—makes me want the whole Moon to be exactly like that all year around.

The image is part of an article on ten cool things discovered in the first year of the LRO, which includes the Moon landing sites but not this amazing close up of its surface. [NASA]