This handmade model of the Luna 9 spacecraft was part of an exclusive presentation model by the Russian company Lavochkin Research and Production Association. On February 3, 1966, the Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the moon, proving that the moon’s surface could support the weight of the aircraft.
Over its three-day period of operation, the Luna 9 transmitted photographic data to Earth, producing a total of twenty-seven individual images of the lunar surface. Fabricated with extreme attention to details, this museum-quality model commemorates the historic voyage as we celebrate the Luna 9’s fiftieth anniversary.
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