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    First ever look at the far side of the Moon. The photo was taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 on Oct. 7, 1959. The right three-quarters of the disk is the far side. A = Mare Moscoviense, B = Tsiolkovsky Crater with central peak, C = Mare Smythii (on the near side-far side border) and D = Mare Crisium (near side). (Credit: Roscosmos) Mona Evans, "The Moon - Earth's Daughter" www.bellaonline.c...

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    • Bethanie Qoe

      On October 7th 1959, the Luna III space probe transmits the first photos ever taken of the far side of the moon.

    • Andrea M

      The first image of the dark side of the moon taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 at 03:30 UT on 7 October 1959 from a distance of 63,500 km. A total of 29 photographs were taken, covering 70% of the far side. The photographs were very noisy and of low resolution, but many features could be recognized.

    • Melody Myers

      The space probe Luna 3 takes the first photographs of the far side of the moon. The radio-controlled Luna 3 was part of the Soviet Union’s highly successful lunar program. October 7, 1959

    • Dr Paul Perkoulidis

      From NASA's Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions | Co.Design | business + innovation + design

    • Isabelle Desenclos

      NASA History Office sur Twitter : "We humans had never seen the far side of the Moon until #thisday 1959. The Soviet Luna 3 sent us this pic:"

    • Simone Schroeder

      The first glimpse of the far side of the Moon, photographed from the Soviet Lunar 3 spacecraft in 1959.

    • Norman Allin

      The first glimpse of the far side of the Moon, photographed from the Soviet Lunar 3 spacecraft in 1959 Picture: National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) Photo Gallery

    • Laura DeLuna

      1959: Far side in full view In October 1959, the Soviet Union's Luna 3 spacecraft - the third successfully launched to the moon - made history as the first probe to image the far side of the moon. The photos were fixed and dried on the spacecraft and beamed back to Earth. Though fuzzy by today's standards, the images showed stark differences from the near side, including relatively few dark areas, called lunar maria. (RSA via NASA)

    • Jasper Fox

      From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions.

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