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Crater Tsiolkovsky on the far side of the Moon, photographed from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968. The Moon's orbit of Earth is locked so that only one hemisphere faces Earth at all times. The far side was seen for the first time when Russian probes photographed it in the late 1950s, and many of the named features on that side are named after Russians. Apollo 8 lasted from 21st-27th December 1968, and carried James Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman to the Moon. They orbited it ten times but did not land on its surface.
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