Luna 2 commemmorative stamp

Luna 2 commemmorative stamp

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Luna 2 commemmorative stamp. Soviet postage stamp dedicated to the Luna 2 unmanned space probe, launched on 12 September 1959. The aim of the mission was to direct the probe on a collision course with the Moon. This was done successfully on 14 September (date shown at lower right), delivering a Soviet pennant to the Moon's surface (shown at upper left). The mission carried scientific instruments that confirmed that there are no radiation belts around the Moon, and that the Moon does not have a magnetic field. Photographed in 1969.

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