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The Earth rises over the Moon's surface in this still from a HDTV video camera onboard Japan's KAGUYA lunar probe at 0552 GMT November 7, 2007 and released November 14, 2007. In the image the Earth's North Pole is oriented up. REUTERS/Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency/Handout.

The surface of the moon

A surprising new view of the moon comes from detailed gravity mapping by twin spacecraft, which slipped into orbit around the celestial body earlier this year.