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This photo, provided by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, is the first image of the moon's far side ever taken from the surface. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday made the first landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. Imaginechina via AP hide caption

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A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from China's Sichuan province early on Dec. 8, carrying a rover destined to land on the far side of the moon. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists look at the screen showing the Shenzhou X manned spacecraft docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on June 13, 2013, in Beijing. VCG/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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