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For the last time, there is no dark side!
August 1, 2011 - Stephen Browne
A FOX News article posted on their website on July 27 headlines, "Lost 1967 Spaceship Found Crashed on Dark Side of Moon?"
The article is about pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on the far side of the moon, which may be the impact crater from the Lunar Orbiter 2, which was crashed on the moon in 1967 after completing its mission of scouting potential landing places for the Apollo missions.
Note the article says, "far side."
Another article posted August 1, "Can Physics Explain Mysteries of Crop Circles?" does refer to the "dark side of the moon" in the body of the article.
For the last time, there is no "dark side" of the moon!
The moon orbits the earth approximately every 29 days. Because it is tidally locked, only one side of the moon ever faces the earth, but each "side" has a day and night cycle just like we do, only longer.
If that idea seems strange, well 136 years ago Jules Verne gave this elegantly simple way to understand it in his novel "De la terre à la lune" ("From the Earth to the Moon.") Stand facing a chair. Now circle the chair in a sort of crab-wise sideways walk, taking care always to face it. Et voila! You have turned around in a full circle while circling the chair.
Nonetheless, the article illustrates two profound truths, 1) this may be the first "spacewreck" ever found, and 2) headlines are not always written by the article writer.
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