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Atlas of the Lunar Far Side as Photographed by Luna 3


Availability: At NSSDC, Ready for Offline Distribution (or Staging if Digital)

Time span: 1959-10-07 to 1959-10-07


This data set consists of a book published in Russian. The book contains photographs obtained by the Russian spacecraft Luna 3 during a 40 minute flyby of the Moon at a distance of 68,400 Km, on October 7, 1959. Because of the dynamics of the flight, all of the photographs are of the far side of the Moon. In addition to the photographs, the book contains sections on: (1) processing of photographs; (2) formations on the far side; and, (3) a presentation of the 30 actual photographs. The section on formations on the far side gives serial number, formation and name, frame number, photometric cross-section, identification, description, and coordinates. This data set is available at NSSDC for viewing or may, under special circumstances, be borrowed. It may also be obtained on microfiche, but the quality will be limited.

Alternate Names

  • Atlas of Lunar Far Side Photos


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics


  • 59-008A-01B

Additional Information



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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Prof. N. P. BarabashovGeneral ContactAstronomical Observatory, Kharkov

Selected References

  • Lipskiy, Yu. N., Atlas of the far side of the moon, NASA, TT F-514, Wash., D.C., Apr. 1969.
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