[Soviet View of Far Side of the Moon]

Publisher TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Russian, founded 1902
Publisher United Press International American

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Although blurry and heavily retouched, this photograph, released by the Soviet wire service TASS and published around the globe, represents a groundbreaking moment in the history of lunar imagery. In October 1959 the USSR launched Luna 3, a small spacecraft equipped with a dual-lens 35 mm camera and an onboard image-processing system and scanner. The mission objective was to capture and transmit the first photographs of the far side of the moon. The images it beamed back revealed a terrain starkly different from the near side: rugged and densely cratered, with only two visible maria (respectively dubbed the Sea of Moscow and the Sea of Dreams).

[Soviet View of Far Side of the Moon], TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union), Gelatin silver print

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