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Less than an hour after landing, at 06:03 UT, an automatic drill penetrated the lunar surface to collect a soil sample. After drilling for 7 minutes, the drill reached a stop at 35 centimeters depth and then withdrew its sample and lifted it in an arc to the top of the spacecraft, depositing the lunar material in a small spherical capsule mounted on the main spacecraft bus. The column of regolith in the drill tube was then transferred to the soil sample container.
Finally, after 26 hours and 25 minutes on the lunar surface at 07:43 UT on 21 September, the spacecraft’s upper stage lifted off from the Moon. The lower stage of Luna 16 remained on the lunar surface and continued transmission of lunar temperature and radiation data. Three days later on 24 September, after a direct ascent traverse with no midcourse corrections, the capsule, with its 101 grams of lunar soil, reentered Earth’s atmosphere at a velocity of 11 kilometers per second. The capsule parachuted down 80 kilometers southeast of the town of Jezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 05:25 UT on 24 September 1970.
Analysis of the dark basalt material indicated a close resemblance to soil recovered by the American Apollo 12 mission.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Russia goes up and gets samples.
Russia asks America how shall we report on our samples.
Now we have great space cooperation.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Devino
Thanks for the links, some interesting information and pics there.
Originally posted by Devino
I found that site when I was doing some research on Venus and I still have a difficult time with the idea of suppression of information. "Suppression" might be a strong word indicating an active intent but never-the-less the accomplishments from the Russian space program should be in some of the space documentaries that are on TV.