A description of a photographic system that may be used to obtain pictures of either the visible or hidden side of the moon from an early space vehicle. Existing components are suitable for the space vehicle. A panoramic-type camera can be designed in which the spin that stabilizes the vehicle also performs the scanning function for the camera. Tracking can be accomplished by radio. The recovery of the film after its return to earth appears feasible.
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