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Luna 3

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Luna 3 - Orbiter Space Flight Simulator 2010

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Luna 3 (Луна-3)

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Mission Profile - 1959-10-04 - Luna 3

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Why Did China Send a Probe to the Far Side of the Moon?

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14th September 1959: The USSR sends the first probe to the Moon's surface

Luna 3, or E-2A No.1 was a Soviet spacecraft launched in 1959 as part of the Luna programme. It was the first-ever mission to photograph the far side of the Moon and the third Soviet space probe to be sent to the neighborhood of the Moon. Though it returned rather poor pictures by later standards, the historic, never-before-seen views of the far side of the Moon caused excitement and interest when they were published around the world, and a tentative Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon was created after image processing improved the pictures.
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