Luna 3 spacecraft

Luna 3 spacecraft

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Luna 3 spacecraft. Replica model of the unmanned Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft. This was launched on 4 October 1959. It was the third spacecraft to visit the Moon, and the first to return pictures of the previously unseen far side of the Moon, taking the photographs on 7 October 1959 and transmitting the pictures to Earth on 18 October 1959. The craft had radio communication and telemetry systems, an automated system that processed the photographic film, gas jets for stabilization and photoelectric cells to orientate itself with the Moon & Sun. It weighed 279 kilograms. Photographed in 1969 at the USSR Economic Achievements Exhibition, Moscow.

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