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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

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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