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Geoff

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Man in the Moon?
« on: August 10, 2014, 05:27:06 pm »
Apparently someone browsing through Google Moon found a shadow that looks like a man and posted it on Youtube.

See this link

The coordinates of the Google Moon object are given as: 27 degrees 34'26.35 N and 19 degrees 36'4.75 W

I converted these into coordinates used by QuickMap as 27.5740 / -19.6013

I eventually found something at that location which looks like a rift of some sort (to the right of the orange dot):

Lat=27.57 Lon=-19.60 by zooite, on Flickr

Can't zoom in any further. The scale on QuickMap is given as 0.5 m per pixel.



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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 02:08:07 pm »
Tried to match up the craters and came up with this: (NAC images rotated to match the Google Moon view.)
The original from the blog:



And from Quick Map:


high res version

Nothing there! As the article says this wouldn't be a man it would be a giant! But those who want to believe say that the NACs are all cleaned up anyway...  ???

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2014, 08:59:13 pm »
This GoogleMoon image seems to be from Apollo Metric cameras
"Apollo metric image showing Lambert and the buried Lambert R craters in southern Mare Imbrium. (Apollo Image AS15-M-1010 [NASA/JSC/Arizona State University])"
http://apollo.sese.asu.edu/webmap/summaries/html/AS15-M-1010.html
Nothing shows in the two NACs M1108403426L and M102285910R.  Of course, the giant might have walked away by now (although lets hope he left some footprints).

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 09:07:58 pm »
Maybe not.  Need to look more at the treasure trove of Metric images at http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/apollo/browse?camera=M&mission=15&per_page=3375
And it says you can download the raw scan (~1Gb)!

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2014, 04:17:48 pm »
I found the Apollo metric image with the Moon in the Moon.
http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/apollo/view?image_name=AS15-M-1151
The "Man" is not in images of the same spot taken 24 SECONDS after and 23 SECONDS before.
Looking at other images of the same region in the Metric images shows the problem.  These are scanned film.  Thus there is lint or damaged film.  Many images have an odd jellyfish looking object apparently flying over the terrain.  But comparing the many images it is on shows that it is always in the same spot of the TIF.  Thus is must be some gunk on the scanner.

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2014, 04:18:19 pm »
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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 04:19:56 pm »
"space jellyfish"
beware film and scans of film
Nevertheless, it is very nice to have the Apollo Metrics finally scanned!

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 05:35:56 pm »
Thanks for solving this puzzle and doing all the research JF - very interesting and another resource for us.

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Re: Man in the Moon?
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2014, 10:32:36 am »
Top work JF! Google Moon seems to have its fair share of gunky images.