The Far Side of the Moon

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Charles J. Byrne: The Far Side of the Moon (2008)

(glossary entry)


According to the publisher's blurb, this companion to Byrne's nearside book "provides comprehensive coverage of the far side of the Moon, and is the first book that collects photographs from all five Lunar Orbiter missions: Clementine, Apollo, Luna, Zond, and Nozomi." The photos are actually drawn almost exclusively from Lunar Orbiter and Clementine, supplemented by two from Apollo 16 and one each from the other missions. The farside is divided into seven regions, presented in a fashion similar to that in the previous book.

Additional Information

  • The Table of Contents is available on the Springer website.
  • Like the previous book, it is accompanied by a CD-ROM, although its contents do not seem to be explained. The "ReadMe" file on the disk says "This CD, together with the CD in its companion volume "Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon" contains all the Lunar Orbiter photos that were selected for "Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon" by Bowker and Hughes, NASA SP-206, US Government Printing Office, 1971. Files in this CD include all the Lunar Orbiter photos from Lunar Orbiter missions 1, 2, 3, and 5 from Bowker and Hughes, as well as the subset of photos from Lunar Orbiter 4 that were used in this book. These Lunar Orbiter 4 photos were also provided in the near side book. In addition, this CD includes all of the photos and mosaics from Clementine, Apollo 16, Luna 3, Nozomi, and Zond 3 that are used as base images in this book."
  • The Preface states that the feature names "are aligned with the list approved by the IAU", but like the Clementine Atlas on which it seems to rely, this is a private work and should not be taken as an authoritative documentation of IAU nomenclature. - Jim Mosher

Typographical errors abound

  • As with almost all moonbooks and lunar atlases, this book by Byrne is a typo-corrector's dream! (or rather: a nightmare). The number of typographical errors (in the printed lunar nomenclature) is almost surreal, and one want to know if someone was asleep during pre-press activities. I call this the CLEMENTINE ATLAS SYNDROME, because the list of detected typographical errors (of the lunar nomenclature) in the first edition of this atlas is EXTREMELY long!!! - DannyCaes Mar 25, 2018

List of typo errors and wrong locations of crater names

Page 23: Al-Khwartzimi / Sklowdowska
Page 24: Scklowdowska
Page 25: Al-Khwartzimi
Page 27: Isaeve
Page 29: Coriolus
Page 36: Barndard D
Page 56: Crooks
Page 60: (Garrrick-Bethell) (this typo error is not related to named lunar formations)
Page 65: Holetscheck
Page 66: Resnick (on this page, Charles J. Byrne mentioned the names Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins as craters near or at the farside's Apollo-basin, which is an error, because their location is at the southern part of Mare Tranquillitatis, on the moon's nearside, north of Statio Tranquillitatis; the landingsite of Apollo 11)
Page 68: The exact location of crater Grotrian on the moon seems to be a difficult topic, because the chart on page 68 in The Far Side of the Moon shows the name Grotrian at the location of the crater which is officially known as... Sikorsky! On that chart, the crater which is officially known as Grotrian doesn't seem to have a name. But... that's not all, because on that same chart, the crater which is officially known as Chamberlin received the name Moulton, the crater which is officially known as Moulton received the name Sikorsky, and the crater which is officially known as Kimura received the name Van Wijk, while the crater which is officially known as Van Wijk is just nameless...
Page 72: Grommelin
Page 75: The Clementine photograph on this page shows a "lost" 55 S
Page 76: Faustin / Delgerlache / Schoenberger / Sikorsky-Rittenhause Basin
Page 78: Schoenberger (not really an error)
Page 80: Vertragt / Zwicki
Page 82: Hopmannn
Page 83: Cabannnes / Nishna
Page 88: Aminski
Page 91: Daedelus U
Page 94: Freundlich-Sharanov Basin / Birkoff
Page 97: Lomonosove / Olcot / Seges
Page 100: Freundlich-Sharanov basin
Page 101: Erlicht (Ehrlich)
Page 112: Von Neuman
Page 124: Southpole-Aitkcen basin / Sommerfield
Page 135: Minkkowski
Page 137: Lucritius
Page 142: D'Alemebert
Page 143: Orientlale / Kovaleskaya
Page 145: Petropavloskiy
Page 147: Hertzberg basin (Hertzsprung basin)
Page 152: Kleymanov
Page 153: Bhaba
Page 156: Bhaba
Page 159: Baldett / Lippman
Page 174: Montes Cordillara / Onar Khayyam
Page 176: Kopf
Page 177: Montes Cordellaris (Montes Cordillera)
Page 178: Guthnik

Typo errors in the General Index (pages 207-208)

Gargatuan Basin
Tsiolkovsy, Konstantin E.

Typo errors in the index of annotated features (pages 209 to 212)

Catena Kurchalov
Daedelus U
Lacus Solitudinus

Typo errors in the index of far side features that are not annotated (page 213)

Kimura (mentioned as Van Wijk on page 66)

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