Luna 16 lunar space probe

Luna 16 lunar space probe

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Luna 16 lunar space probe. Model of the Luna 16 lunar space probe. 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 12th September 1970 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and returned 12 days later with 101 grams of lunar soil.

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