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The first photo of the far side of the moon

Anorak Saturday, 5 October 2019
The first photo of the far side of the moonOn October 7 1959, human beings saw for the first time the far side of the moon. It was taken by the Soviets’ Luna 3:



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.



And now:

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