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During the 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a feverish competition to be the first to set foot on the moon. We know who won this race, but less about a secret chapter. The Soviets many not have sent a man to the moon, but they successfully guided two small robots by remote control from the earth. For 16 months between 1970 and 1973, these "Lunokhods" traveled more than thirty miles over the moon's surface. With the declassification of the former USSR space archives, along with recollections by several of the key participants in the Lunokhod program, the true story of the Russian lunar robots can finally be told.
Luna-17 landed on the Moon on November 15, 1970. The robotic rover, Lunokhod-1 rolled off the landing platform to explore the surface of the Moon for about a month. Two cycloramic cameras on either side of the rover were oriented for 180° horizontal panoramas (500 × 3000 pixels). These panoramas are sometimes geometrically warped to correct for the 15° tilt of the camera.
Originally posted by mattguy404
Maybe history got lost in the noise by the American moon landings. The Soviets made a lot of firsts in space exploration, just not the one that mattered to get imprinted in history like a manned moon landing.
[edit on 10-2-2008 by mattguy404]
03 15 50 38 CMP: Okay, wait a minute .... 66.3 by 54.7; that's what this was - 64.9 by 53 - -
03 15 50 53 LMP: Hey, look at that - look at this crazy thing! Look at that dome. Right here. That big... there.
Originally posted by ziggystar60
reply to post by Soylent Green Is People
Regarding domes, you can read the following in the transcripts from the Apollo 12 mission. This was said when they were orbiting the moon:
03 15 50 53 _P Hey, look at that - look at this crazy thing! Look
at that dome. Right here. That big ... there.
03 15 51 O1 CDR Yes.
03 15 51 02 LMP Look at the cliffs.