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Soviet spacecraft photographs the dark side of the moon

On 07 October 1959, Luna 3 captured the moon on film, then developed it robotically and faxed photos to Earth.

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Sputnik 1 ushers in the space age

Its successful launch signaled a public escalation of the U.S.-U.S.S.R Cold War.

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A hoax goes viral in 1835

It was a success for The Sun; general circulation doubled at the end of the six-day series.