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First close-up of the Moon

Posted in Anniversary, Science, Space on Sunday, 26 September 2010

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The Moon, Earth’s closest companion in the solar system

7 October marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first human satellite to reach our celestial satellite, The Moon. The Russian Lunik 3 mission was launched on 4 October 1959 and, three days later, began transmitting the first ever close-up photographs of the lunar surface. It also passed around the dark side of the Moon, allowing scientists to see the rocky, pitted surface – forever hidden because the Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth – for the first time.

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