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How space missions have captured the far side of the moon, from the USSR to Israel

Quartz Logo By Johnny Simon of Quartz | Slide 1 of 8

Israel’s Beresheet space lunar lander is expected to land on the far side of the moon tomorrow (April 11), aiming to be only the second spacecraft to successfully do so. (A Chinese lander became the first, in January.)

Astronomers have long been fascinated by the far side of the moon, which is never visible from Earth. As more missions venture to explore the far side, its landscape and our understanding of it have grown clearer.

Here’s a look at some of missions that have contributed to demystifying our closest celestial neighbor.

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