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The First to Take Images of Lunar Far Side


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The First to Take Images of Lunar Far Side
Though it returned rather poor pictures by later standards, the never-before-seen views of the Moon's far side caused excitement & interest when they were published. These views showed mountainous terrain, very different from the near side, and only two dark, low-lying regions which were named Mare Moscovrae (Sea of Moscow) and Mare Desiderii (Sea of Desire). Mare Desiderii was later found to be composed of a smaller mare, Mare Ingenii (Sea of Ingenuity), and other dark craters.






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