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First View of the Lunar Far Side

First View of the Lunar Far Side

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

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.

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Original image data dated on or about October 7, 1959

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