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Lunar far side crater Tsiolkovsky

Crater Tsiolkovsky on the far side of the Moon, photographed from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968. The Moons orbit of Earth is locked so that only one hemisphere faces Earth at all times. The far side was seen for the first time when Russian probes photographed it in the late 1950s, and many of the named features on that side are named after Russians. Apollo 8 lasted from 21st-27th December 1968, and carried James Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman to the Moon. They orbited it ten times but did not land on its surface

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This print showcases the awe-inspiring lunar far side crater Tsiolkovsky, a remarkable feature on the Moon's surface. Taken by the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968, this image offers a rare glimpse of the hidden face of our celestial neighbor. The Moon's unique orbit around Earth ensures that only one hemisphere is visible to us at all times. It wasn't until Russian probes captured images of the far side in the late 1950s that we were able to explore and name its distinctive features. Many of these landmarks pay homage to Russian scientists and explorers. Apollo 8, a groundbreaking manned mission lasting from December 21st to December 27th, carried astronauts James Lovell, William Anders, and Frank Borman on an extraordinary journey towards our lunar companion. Although they did not touch down on its surface, they had the privilege of orbiting it ten times. This photograph serves as a testament to human ingenuity and curiosity about our place in the cosmos. The moon's cratered landscape reminds us of both its violent past and its potential for future exploration. As we gaze upon this historical artifact from Apollo 8's voyage during the space race era, we are reminded of humanity's relentless pursuit of knowledge beyond our earthly boundaries. Captured by Science Photo Library, this print invites us into a world where science meets artistry—a mesmerizing blend that continues to inspire generations with wonderment about what lies beyond our own planet Earth.

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