IMAGES: Moon Shots

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Science  23 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5657, pp. 443
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5657.443d

With the White House floating a plan to send humans back to the moon, our nearest neighbor is sharing the limelight with a plucky robot trundling across the martian surface. Just in time, a former NASA scientist and an amateur astronomer have launched the Lunar Photo of the Day to draw attention to what they describe as “the brightest and most fascinating object in the night sky.” Like similar sites that post astronomical or earth science photos (Science, 29 June 2001, p. 2403), the project provides a striking image each day, along with a caption and links to related articles and Web sites. Since the site rose on 1 January, it has included shots of the whole moon and explored particular features, such as the Straight Wall, a 120-kilometer-long fault. Above, in 4 January's image, a full moon climbs over Sonoma Valley, California.

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