IMAGES: Moon-Eyed

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 795
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.795a

It may be older than bell bottoms, but the 1971 Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon is still the authoritative reference manual of Earth's nearest neighbor. One reason: The images, snapped in the 1960s to help plan Apollo landings and missions, were taken at low to moderate sun angles, so features are sharply shadowed and easy to see. A team at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston and Washington University in St. Louis has digitized all of the book's 675 prints, polished up the images, and archived them in a Web database that can be searched by feature name or coordinates. Another classic data set on the site is the 1960 Consolidated Lunar Atlas, which contains images taken with telescopes on Earth.

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