NASA Posts First Ever Video from the Far Side of the Moon

NASA’s experimental new GRAIL satellite imaging system has paid off in spades. Here is the first ever video from the side of the moon that never faces Earth!

Blame Pink Floyd for the misconception, but the far side of the moon is not actually dark. In fact, due to the same side always facing the Earth, the far side of the moon is covered in sunlight every time we see (or rather, don’t see) a new moon. The Russian launched Luna 3 took the first pictures of the far side in 1959 and several Apollo missions orbited around the back, but until now no craft has taken anything other than still pictures.

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