The Lunascan Project Moon Shot Series
November 17, 1970
and the Lunakhod 1 Rover

NW Corner of Rukl Section 10


The Russian lunar probe, Luna 17, landed to the south of Cape Heraclides in Mare Imbrium. The location is marked on the lower left portion of the Rukl Chart 10 above. 

 About Sinus Iridum and Mare Imrium

Lunar Orbiter image of Sinus Iridum and Mare Imbrium
 Full-sized image of LO4-145H2


Luna 17 was launched from an earth parking orbit towards the Moon and entered lunar orbit on November 15, 1970. The spacecraft soft landed on the Moon in the Sea of Rains. The spacecraft had dual ramps by which the payload, Lunokhod 1, descended to the lunar surface. Lunokhod 1 was a lunar vehicle formed of a tub-like compartment with a large convex lid on eight independently powered wheels. Lunokhod was equipped with a cone-shaped antenna, a highly directional helical antenna, four television cameras, and special extendable devices to impact the lunar soil for soil density and mechanical property tests. An x-ray spectrometer, an x-ray telescope, cosmic-ray detectors, and a laser device were also included. The vehicle was powered by a solar cell array mounted on the underside of the lid. Lunokhod was intended to operate through three lunar days but actually operated for eleven lunar days. The operations of Lunokhod officially ceased on October 4, 1971, the anniversary of Sputnik 1. Lunokhod had traveled 10,540 m and had transmitted more than 20,000 TV pictures and more than 200 TV panoramas. It had also conducted more than 500 lunar soil tests. 

Relevant Sites:

 The Luna 17 Spacecraft


Other Lunar Orbiter Views
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For the latest information and images regarding the area were this
spacecraft landed, go to:
 Section Directory 10

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