Soviet Lunar Missions

24 Dec
Part of the third panorama returned by Luna 13 on December 27, 1966.
22 Oct
A Soviet lunar map from 1968. (Nauka)
18 Aug
A closeup of Luna 24 acquired in 2012 by NASA's LRO. The white specs in the image are probably fragments from the lander's thermal blankets blown across the lunar surface at lift off. Click on image to enlarge. (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)
31 Mar
A drawing of the Luna 10 E-6S lunar satellite. (NASA)
3 Feb
Portion of the first panorama taken by Luna 9 of the lunar surface.
28 Jul
Frame number 28 acquired by Zond 3 during its flyby of the Moon on July 20, 1965 showing the previously unseen parts of the lunar far side. (Sternberg Astronomical Institute)
9 May
The Soviet Union's E-6 lunar lander. (NASA)
21 Aug
Photo of the Chang'e-3 moon lander taken by the panoramic camera on the Yutu moon rover on December 22, 2013. (Xinhua)