Luna 9's photo coup

Luna 9, the first Moon probe to achieve a soft landing and send back photos of the lunar surface, caught the West by surprise in 1966. The Russian spacecraft's data transmissions were intercepted by Jodrell Bank Observatory, and the pictures were published in a British newspaper before they were published in Russia.

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Role Contributor
NarratorMark Halliley
NarratorZam Baring
Series ProducerDavid McNab
ProducerJacqueline Smith
DirectorJacqueline Smith
ProducerTeresa Hunt

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