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July 7, 1995
Lunar Farside from Apollo 13
Picture Credit: NASA, Crew of Apollo 13
In April of 1970, after an explosion damaged their spacecraft, the
astronauts were forced to abandon their plans to make
the third manned lunar landing.
Still, while coasting around the moon in their desperate attempt
to return to earth they were
able to photograph the moon's far side.
The large, dark, smooth looking feature on the left in this picture is
known as the "Mare Moscoviense". It was created by a lava flow filling
in a large impact crater on the
lunar surface. As suggested by the name, the Mare Moscoviense was
first photographed by an early Soviet lunar probe.
For more information about the picture see
the NASA photo caption.
Damage to Apollo 13
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