• Released Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Updated Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:48AM
  • ID: 11747

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A NASA spacecraft provides a new look at a place humans could only dream of seeing a few decades ago.

This visualization created from LRO data shows views of the moon’s far side over the course of one year.

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The first image of the moon’s far side (above) was captured by the Luna 3 probe in 1959.

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This updated view of the far side was produced from measurements of the moon's surface made by NASA's LRO spacecraft.

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Just like the near side, the appearance of the far side cycles through phases due to the changing angle of the sun as the moon orbits Earth.


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

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