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Pin about Luna 3.
Luna 3 was a Soviet spacecraft launched in 1959 as part of the Luna programme. It was the first ever mission to photograph the far side of the Moon and the third Soviet space probe to be sent to the Moon. It returned rather poor pictures. The historic, never before seen views of the far side of the Moon caused excitement and interest when they were published around the world, and a tentative Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon was created after image processing improved the pictures.