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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

First View of the Lunar Far Side

Filed under pretty pictures, history, the Moon, Soviet lunar missions

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First View of the Lunar Far Side In 1959 the Soviet probe Luna 3 captured this image--the first view ever showing the far side of the moon. Tsiolkovsky Crater is visible as the dark, heart-shaped feature near the lower-right edge.

Leningrad Scientific Research Institute of Television / Sternberg Astronomical Institute / curated online by Don P. Mitchell

This image is copyrighted with all rights reserved. Do not reuse in any way without permission.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about October 7, 1959


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William Nelsen: 05/13/2013 11:21 CDT

Is this the most recent view "allowed" for viewing by the general population of this planet? Hopefully advancement in knowledge of "the dark side" has kept pace w advancements in photography in the past 54 years. (Would enjoy hearing B. Aldrin's candid stories and observations on this matter)

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