June 25, 2009
The Biggest Moon On Earth
image by German Aerospace Center
Gargantuan might be the best description for a lunar globe 25 m in diameter. Scientists from the German DLR Institute for Planetary Research printed out on fabric 53 giant lunar gores made from Clementine imagery and sewed them together into a sphere. This giant ballon was inflated and suspended inside a unused gas storage container 100 m high. The photos of the stages of construction and inflation show how huge a 25 m Moon is - in fact this is the size of a small Earth-approaching asteroid! This remarkable exhibit is on display until Jan 10, 2010 at the Oberhausen Gasometer.
Yesterday's LPOD: A Really Big Moon
Tomorrow's LPOD: Mystery Image