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Korolev L crater on the Moon, Apollo 8 image, 1968

Korolev L crater on the Moon, Apollo 8 image, 1968

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Korolev L crater, Apollo 8 image, 1968. North is at bottom. This image shows the Korolev L crater (centre left) on the far side of the Moon. The crater is about 31 kilometres across, and has a smaller crater within it. The elongated crater at upper right was nicknamed 'The Keyhole'. The area covered by the image is 80 by 80 kilometres, and is within a much larger crater (Korolev) that is 437 kilometres across. The Apollo 8 mission took place from 21 to 27 December 1968. This image was obtained with a Hasselblad camera while the Apollo 8 spacecraft was orbiting the Moon. This was the first time humans had directly viewed the far side of the Moon.

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