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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Luna 20 lander on the Moon

Filed under pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Moon, Soviet lunar missions

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Luna 20 lander on the Moon The Luna 20 descent stage has been sitting on the lunar highlands since its landing on February 21, 1972. On February 22, 1972, a sample return capsule launched from this spot, carrying 55 grams of lunar soil back to Earth.

NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University

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NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University

Zoom onto Luna 20
This Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera image of the Luna 20 lander has been enlarged from its original resolution. To the right of the dark shadow of the lander, the shadow extends into a dark hand -- the raised sampling arm, apparently waving back at the orbiter.

Original image data dated on or about January 30, 2010.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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