USSR Luna 21 Lander
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U.S.S.R. Luna 21 Lander

November 28, 2012
The Luna 21 spacecraft landed in Le Monnier crater on 15 January 1973 delivering the Soviet Union’s second rover - Lunokhod 2 to the lunar surface. Luna 21 had a landed mass of 1900 kg and is about 2.3 m long; its overall diameter is about 3.3 m including the landing legs. The NAC image shows the typical descent engine scour around the vehicle with a bright zone extending out some 10-20 m. The Soviet Luna 21 lander delivered the Lunokhod 2 rover to the floor of Le Monnier Crater in January 1973. LROC NAC Image M122007650LE. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

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