Astronomy: Cotton Candy Moon

The moon's visible face has long been mapped, its plains and craters named, its cold curves charted. But as U.S. engineers continue their multibillion dollar effort to get the first man-carrying spacecraft to the moon, U.S. astronomers study the earth's only natural satellite with steadily increasing intensity. For if its visitors are to survive, science must provide them with lunar information that has so far defied centuries of observation.

Photographs taken through the great telescope at California's Lick Observatory, and released last week, reveal the moon's pockmarked crust in astonishing detail (see...

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