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Russians release photos of moon’s far side — Russian scientists have released a photograph of the far side of the moon as taken from U.S.S.R. satellite Lunik III. The photograph on the cover of this week’s Science News Letter shows the far side of the moon. Soviet astronomers identify the long solid lines as the moon’s equator. The heavy broken line at the left separates the part of the moon visible from the earth from the portion that cannot be seen....The apparent lack of craters and seas across much of the far side of the moon seems to corroborate a theory that predicted this side would be largely smooth.

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