When you search for the very first picture of the far side of the Moon on the Internet, only a very low quality version can be found. A few days ago I purchased a book published by the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1959 and I gladly stared at the much better images in it. I hope you are going to enjoy too.
I hate political satires. I hate satires on current events. Last night's Futurama, entitled Decision 3012, was both. And yet, it was incredibly great. It includes everything from Nixon hamming it up to a treatise on the time travel paradox in the Terminator movies — but the real reason to watch is the endless sight…
Cue in the Pink Floyd, because NASA's GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) has returned "its first unique view of the far side of the moon used its MoonKAM". Of course, it's not the first video of this side of the Moon, but it's pretty cool anyway.
Many people refer to it incorrectly as its "dark" side, but the far side of our moon actually receives about as much light, on average, as the side facing Earth... you'd just never know it, because the Moon's rotation is such that the same side is perpetually facing us (the result of a phenomenon known as tidal locking