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Far side of the moon

Far side of the moon. Simulation based on the first images taken of the far side of the moon by the Soviet Luna 3 space probe. The far side of the Moon is the lunar hemisphere that is permanently turned away from the Earth. Luna 3 was launched on October 4, 1959 and took 29 photographs of the lunar far side. The photographs, all of poor quality, showed a crater-rich far side with some special details

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© Detlev van Ravenswaay

Astronauts Crater Cratered Craters Feature Features Luna Lunar Lunik Mare Moon Planetary Science Soviet Space Race Apollo 8 Far Side Luna 3 Lunik 3 Mono Chrome


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This print titled "Far side of the moon" takes us on a mesmerizing journey to the lunar hemisphere that forever hides from our view. Based on the pioneering images captured by the Soviet Luna 3 space probe in 1959, this simulation offers a glimpse into the mysterious and unexplored territory beyond Earth's reach. Against a striking black background, this monochromatic masterpiece showcases the moon's rugged surface adorned with countless craters. The poor quality of these early photographs only adds to their allure, as they reveal intricate details and special features scattered across this desolate landscape. As we gaze upon this image, we are reminded of humanity's relentless pursuit of knowledge during the space race era. Luna 3 was instrumental in providing crucial insights into our celestial neighbor, paving the way for future missions like Apollo 8. The cut-out effect used in this print further accentuates its uniqueness and draws attention to specific areas such as Mare Moscoviense (Sea of Moscow) and Tsiolkovsky crater. These distinct landmarks serve as reminders of both scientific exploration and human curiosity reaching far beyond our planet's boundaries. Detlev van Ravenswaay skillfully captures not just an astronomical phenomenon but also sparks our imagination about what lies hidden on the dark side of the moon. This extraordinary piece is a testament to mankind's quest for discovery and serves as a timeless reminder that there is still so much left to explore in our vast universe.

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