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Far side of moon seen in new NASA images

March 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
NASA has released photos of the moon that are the most detailed view of the far side - the side that does not face Earth.

The pictures of the lunar reconnaissance orbiter were taken last week.

Scientists say the far side of the moon is very different from the near side, which faces the Earth continually.

Widespread basaltic plains called "maria" left by volcanic activity long ago are on the near side, but there is very little of that on the far side.