Borman took the photograph looking west on rugged terrain never before seen by man, as he enjoyed a lonely view of the spectacular backside of the Moon during Lovell and Anders’ sleep period on orbit 8.

In this oblique photograph exposed with the 250mm telephoto lens, the foreshortening effects provide an interesting portrayal of lunar farside relief. (from NASA SP-246, p. 26)

Latitude / longitude: 12.3° S / 113° E/

This scene is typical of farside terrain illuminated by a sun that is nearly directly overhead. A surface consisting of craters superimposed on older craters extends about 570 kilometers (350 statute miles) to the horizon. Width of view at the horizon is 150 kilometers (94 statute miles). [NASA caption]


“The back side is more mountainous than the front side. [...] Someone said it was like papier-mâché. Well, right, it’s all shades of gray. There is no color.”

—James Lovell (Chaikin, Voices, pg. 41)