Whatever happened to Russia's Moon lander?


17 Responses to “Whatever happened to Russia's Moon lander?”

  1. Mister44 says:

    That’s awesome that we can now take pics of stuff like this. I’ve already seen their series of moon landing sites.

  2. chris jimson says:

    Future astronauts take note: if you are ever stranded on Earth’s moon, there is Soviet a lander with a (presumably) full fuel tank in the Sea of Crisis.

  3. abstract_reg says:

    Did the Sea of Crisis get named after this incident? If no, I think the real problem was the Soviets’ lack of ironic sense.

  4. Thats a very steampunk looking lander. 

  5. p1130 says:

    The previous Luna 16 did work and managed to return 100 grams of lunar soil automatically to Earth in 1970.

    And if anyone ever goes up there, the remains of the succesful Luna 24 are a mere 2300 meters away from the full luna 23 lander. (pic: http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/uploads/LROCiotw/luna23_24_regional.png )

  6. Guest says:

    I thought it landed on Gilligan’s Island.

  7. Cicada Mania says:

    In Soviet Russia the Moon lands on you!


  8. Foley Walker says:

    Here’s a great set of contemporary photos of their manned lunar landing module (and some other equipment of that era), now sitting at one of the buildings at the Moscow Institute of Aviation:

  9. petsounds says:

    Did the Luna landers have computers on-board, or were signals received from Earth that triggered discrete mechanical operations (such as taking a sediment sample)?

  10. pjcamp says:

    If by “land on the Moon” you mean “smack it in the face with a big ol’ cannonball” then yeah, Luna 2 did that.

  11. WinstonSmith2012 says:

    Here are all of the LRO photos of the Lunas.  Click on the images to see large:


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