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Luna 9's photo coup

Duration: 01:50

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.

Available since: Tue 12 Jul 2011


Mark Halliley
Zam Baring
Series Producer
David McNab
Jacqueline Smith
Jacqueline Smith
Teresa Hunt

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The Planets Revisited Moon: Staying Alive

4/8 An exploration of how the Moon missions transformed our understanding of the planets.

First broadcast: 22 Nov 2004

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