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49 years ago today!

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« on: October 07, 2008, 02:52:20 pm »

The Russian Luna 3 probe took the first images of the lunar "farside". They were nothing like what was to
follow, but they were a start!
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/mission_page/EM_Luna_3_page1.html
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 03:46:34 pm »

Thanks for posting that John!. I really hope the world's attention will turn back to the Moon soon. China are planning a manned landing a year before the USA. Looks like interesting times ahead.

Like the avatar - you and Patrick Moore.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 04:32:04 pm »

I think attention will soon drift back towards to Moon. In spite of the past Moon landings there is still so much
we don't know about it. In total all the landers only brought back about 800lbs of sampels and not even from some of the more interesting areas.

Yeah, that photo was taken on the "Monte Umbe" eclipse cruise in June 1973, makes me feel old when I see it Cry
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 05:20:05 pm »

That certainly shows how imaging has advanced in the last 49 years! And it's yet another event that has a big anniversary in IYA2009.

Re the Moon it really does concern me that we may soon be in the position where there's nobody left alive who walked on the Moon.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008, 04:25:43 pm »

I hope that a man will step on the Moon's surface in the nearest future  Wink
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