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    First Far Side Photo

    First Far Side Photo



    Courtesy Photo


    Russia's Luna 3 spacecraft returned the first views ever of the far side of the Moon. The first image was taken at 03:30 UT on 7 October at a distance of 63,500 km after Luna 3 had passed the Moon and looked back at the sunlit far side. The last image was taken 40 minutes later from 66,700 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. This is the first image returned by Luna 3, taken by the wide-angle lens, it showed the far side of the Moon was very different from the near side, most noticeably in its lack of lunar maria (the dark areas). The right three-quarters of the disk are the far side. The dark spot at upper right is Mare Moscoviense, the dark area at lower left is Mare Smythii. The small dark circle at lower right with the white dot in the center is the crater Tsiolkovskiy and its central peak. The Moon is 3475 km in diameter and north is up in this image. A full gallery of Luna 3 photographs can be found at: *Image Credit*: NASA National Space Science Data Center

    NASA Identifier: SPD-SLRSY-386



    Date Taken: 09.17.2009
    Date Posted: 10.10.2012 18:37
    Photo ID: 718698
    Resolution: 1509x1275
    Size: 562.22 KB
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US 

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