Luna 16 probe, composite image

Luna 16 probe, composite image

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Luna 16 lunar space probe, composite enhanced image. Luna 16 was an unmanned Soviet spacecraft designed to gather samples of lunar soil and return them back to Earth. The probe was launched on the 12th of September 1970 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and returned 12 days later with 101 grams of lunar soil.

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