Luna 9

Luna 9

In 1966 the Soviet Moon probe Luna 9 was the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. Once it touched down, the probe opened, exposing a camera that snapped the first photographs taken from the Moon's surface.

This achievement ratcheted up the pressure of Russia's race with the United States to become the first nation to land a man on the Moon.

Luna 9 was one of 24 unmanned probes in the Luna programme.

Photo: The Luna 9 probe (NASA)

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The Soviets make the first soft landing on the Moon.

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