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The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It

26 Jul 2017, 14:00 UTC
The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It NASA

Things look different on the Moon. Literally.

Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunlight. On Earth, shadows in otherwise bright environments are dimly lit with indirect light from these tiny reflections. That lighting provides enough detail that we get an idea of shapes, holes and other features that could be obstacles to someone – or some robot – trying to maneuver in shadow.

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