The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

On February 3rd, 1966 the Luna 9 spacecraft became the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

Tsiolkovsky’ initiated space exploration with his inspiring speech when he said that the humanity would not stay on Earth forever but would step by step conquer circumterrestrial space.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

They discovered that we can see only one side of the Moon because relative to Earth, the Moon makes one rotation every 29.5 days. That happens to also be the time it takes for the Moon to complete one revolution around Earth. This is why we always see the same side of the Moon and it is achievements in space exploration which allowed us to see its “dark side”.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

The Soviet space probe Luna 3 of 1959 was the third space probe to be sent to the neighborhood of the Moon and return pictures of the far side of the Moon, the views which had never been seen before.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

These views showed mountainous terrain, very different from the near side, and only two dark, low-lying regions which were named Sea of Moscow and Sea of Desire.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

It was the Luna 9 spacecraft which in 1966 transmitted photographic data from the Moon to Earth.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

The spacecraft worked for 75 hours and the photographs it transmitted, when assembled, provided a panoramic view of the nearby lunar surface. The pictures included views of nearby rocks and of the horizon 1.4 km away from the spacecraft.

The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft

In 1969, following the success of the Soviet Union, the United States’s Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

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13 thoughts on “The Soviet Luna 9 Spacecraft”

    • Jealous? Ummmm…. Of what?

      You sound like many of the black people in America. Instead of pulling the “Race Card”, you’re pulling the “Communist Card”. Anything non-flattering is automatically “anti-communist”.
      And everything should be anti-communist, because it destroyed so much, killed so many.
      Go crawl back under your rock. Go back to living the past, blindly….

    • Why should westerners be jealous because you landed some piece of junk on the moon? USA won glorious moon race.
      Now we get to here from deluded conspiracy theorists who deny moon shot was real and blame who America for everything from the fall of USSR, to the Kursk disaster to Moscow demonstrations.

    • komentator, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. Instantly lashing out at Westerners before they have anything to say makes you seem ill-mannered and rude. Many Westerners come to this site because we love Russia and everything about it. Try to be more diplomatic

  1. Problem of the soviet space program was nobody know what exactly they are building. Every construction bureau have their own solution (one big engine – more smaller engines, one man space ship, 3 mans spaceship), money for project were assigned to that bureau which leader was liked by current communists leaders, it changed several times. As a result, soviet have only customised Vostok spacecraft joined with big engine and fulettank, and moon rocket which exploded during tests and killed 200 people. Americans have single goal – build lunar lander and Saturn V rocket. One vehicle for each task. Therefore, they get to the moon first.

    • Couldn’t do it now. Gonna watch the Chinese go there and pull down the Flag on the moon instead…thank you useless politicians of Amerika.

      • the only thing the Chinese pulling down is their collective underpants when they find out landing on the Moon is not as easy as they believe

  2. haha so funny USA is the same thing as USSR…they invaded countries for the oil, common they made up a whole story about massive destruction weapons and they never found it, and everyones know that trip was made up, the only one that still alive from that trip dont answer any question, the other “died” in weird accidents, why they never came back to there so? why now the launch from kazahastan? its all a lie….and the space program happened thanks to the guy who made up V1 and V2…a german…my god so pathetic…they stole everythin from german after WW2…and so the ussr too…they r the same accept it or dill it

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