Luna 3 took these images on 7 October 1959, the very first views of the far side of the moon. It took 29 pictures for 40 minutes. The film was developed, dried, then scanned by a cathode ray television system inside the probe itself. Images were eventually received on earth two weeks later, 17 of the 29 actually useable. Earlier attempts were made but the probe was too far away and the images noisy.