A camera on board NASA’s gravity-mapping moon probes captured its first view of the dark side of the moon, a collection of images as part of a camera test in January. The clip serves as a prelude to the GRAIL probes’ secondary mission, which will allow schoolchildren to control its cameras and snap pictures of moon features.
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In the video, the north pole is visible at the top of the screen as the spacecraft flies south. About a third of the way down the moon you see Mare Orientale, a 560-mile-wide impact basin that stretches over the moon's near and far sides. The clip fades out just north of the lunar south pole, according to NASA.
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