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US space agency NASA has released a new video of the back side of the Moon, filmed by its newly-arrived duo of GRAIL lunar probe craft. Here it is: Arriving in lunar orbit as the human race welcomed in the New Year here on Earth, the twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) craft's primary mission is to work …


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  1. Pete the not so great
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    you know...

    I'm sure I saw Elvis's house, the no 7 London bus and the missing WW2 bomber.

  2. Richard 31
    Paris Hilton


    Where was the Monolith? I clearly saw it in that previous footage. Also what happened to Richard Strauss' music?

    The Paris angle? Her backside will never look that rugged. :)

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart


      Richard Strauss? Pink Floyd Shirley!

    2. SuperTim

      T'other side

      It was the Tycho Magnetic Anomoly, which was on near side near clavius (as I recall, very sadly)

  3. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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    Why did my old school not have such cool projects? Really nice way to get kids into science, or rather keep kids in science, as from a young age they seem interested in anything, and only later, when the "snobbery of indifference" sets in in puberty, do many seem to lose interest.

    Nice one, NASA!

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Sounds like you own a teenager too.

      1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

        Not yet.

        But I am building them a mini-Dobsonian telescope (and they are helping me build it). I somehow do not think keeping them interested is going to be that hard, because they are showing promising signs of nerdiness already. Nerds are interested in things for their own sake, not just because other people think it is cool.

        1. perlcat

          Good for you!

          Always good to have more nerds in the house.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      When did tags start to work on the Reg forum?

      Are they <i>HTML<i> or [i]BBCode[/i] or something else?

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: When did tags start to work on the Reg forum?

        We will be rolling out limited html formatting over the next couple of weeks.

        You will get <em>, <i>, <b> <strong>, <strike> to play with.

        We'll set the bar a bit higher for html linkage.

  4. Nick Davey

    I see...

    a disturbing lack of crashed Autobot ships or shifty Decepticons...... what do you mean it was only a movie?

    1. Gordon 14

      Everyone knows the Ark crashed in Oregon, not on the Moon.

  5. 0laf

    Was I the only one to be disappointed not to see a massive amusing arse shaped crater?

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      > massive amusing arse shaped crater

      You are thinking of the butt on Mercury; it's less well known than the face on Mars.

  6. Yag
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    obviously shopped...

    ...In order to hide the nazi moonbase!

  7. Version 1.0 Silver badge
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    Coffee not kicked in yet Lewis?

    "ENORMOUS BACKSIDE" - come on El Reg ... some many possibilities and that's the best you can do?

  8. deadlockvictim


    This expression no doubt comes from here.

    boom tish

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Only last month we came across a moon which was shaped exactly like Felicity Kendall's bottom.

    We flew around that one a couple of times.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    What no footage of the moon landing sites? Oh of course, this probe isn't flying above a hanger in America.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      They didn't land on the dark side

      1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

        "There is no dark side of the moon... matter of fact, it's all dark."

      2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        The FAR side

        There is no dark side. The Moon is not the Force.

  11. Wize

    Can't see videos at work...

    Its almost like viewing a video of a large arse is not safe for work.

  12. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    That's No Moon!


  13. Sceptic Tank Silver badge

    Did anybody's eye get hit? Like a big pizza pie?

    Had this been a Russian craft it may have been caught between the moon and New York City - for a while at least. I know it's crazy!

  14. Mikemurg

    Is it only me seeing this??

    Look at the bottom crater right at the end of the clip. Is that a huge plane sat in the middle of it!!??

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      No, I see it too!

      Please stay where you are so I can locate you and beam you up for a discussion of our discovery.

  15. xeroks


    Are you sure this isn't a picture of the clanger's home world?

    Looks far more like it than our side, which suggests Oliver Postgate was either prescient or a space traveller.

    Actually the latter might explain a lot.

  16. Dick Emery

    There is no dark side of the moon really...

    Go look at the Youtube comments for that video. They are hilarious.

    1. Snot Rot

      There's always a dark side of the moon... just moves :p

      1. YARR

        Not necessarily....

        ... one day there could be a nearby supernova in the direction of the moon's dark side.

        1. Snot Rot

          ahh but

          Unless said supernova illuminated the dark side to the exact same degree as the sunny side (and I'm talking to the PHOTON), then one side would still be darker than t'other.

          Stick that in your pipe!

  17. Graham Marsden

    Anyone else think...

    ... that the prism shaped Grail mission logo needs a beam of white light coming in from the bottom left and a spectrum coming out from the right hand side...?!

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Need to add a soundtrack

    Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" of course!!

    Also, considering all that glare and the top of the moon at the start of the video, I was half expecting to see the Monolith go flying by!

  19. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    Backside of the Moon


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