Astronomy: Delayed Christening

"We now know more about the to pography of the moon than about the earth's topography," said British Astronomer Zdeněk Kopal. None of the other 1,000 astronomers gathered in Prague last week for the 13th meet ing of the International Astronomical Union disputed him. They had just seen giant new U.S. and Russian charts of the moon's hidden farside. Together with familiar maps of the lunar near side, the charts did indeed give man a clearer view of the moon's features than of the earth's surface, large portions of which are hidden by water, camouflaged by vegetation and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!