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The first views of the far side of the Moon from Luna 3 taken at 03:30 UT on 7 October 1959

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The Soviet space probe Luna 3 of 1959 (of the E-3 series) was the third space probe to be sent to the neighbourhood of the Moon, and this mission was an early feat in the spaceborne exploration of outer space.
The far lunar hemisphere was first photographed by the Soviet Luna 3 probe on the 25th October, 1959

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The 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.
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