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Soviet moon rover Lunokhod 1 found after 40 years in lunar wilderness

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posted on May, 4 2010 @ 07:17 AM
Not familiar with this rover but I am sure that some of the members may remember.. Posting this up for your enjoyment

A ROVER found on the moon last week has delivered joy to the Soviets who lost it 40 years ago and evidence to any that still needed it that man did indeed once land there.

The Soviet rover Lunokhod 1 was the first successful lunar rover, landing on the moon on November 17, 1970, a full 24 years before Sojourner was successfully rolled out on the surface of Mars.

Lunokhod 1 wheeled around for the better part of a year before its signal was lost.

Its main mission was to collect soil composition and topography data, but its discovery by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has given Lunokhod 1 a new lease on life.

The LRO has been coming up with some great images

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 07:26 AM

Originally posted by JacKatMtn

...and evidence to any that still needed it that man did indeed once land there.

I don't see how this is evidence that "man did indeed land there".
That is a bit pressumptious.

[edit on 4-5-2010 by Just Wondering]

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 07:43 AM
I remember it well, the casserole dish on wheels and the Soviet reply to NASA's Apollo 11 success. It allowed them to collect data for about 12 months at a fraction of the cost of sending astronauts there to collect rocks for a few hours. It would also be the first mobile robotic probe ever deployed somewhere other than earth I believe which is a significant achievement in itself.

Always wondered what became of it and now we know where to land the mechanics

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 08:29 AM
An outstanding Union Soviet Socialist Republics result that never received the credit it should,
I am lead to believe that NASA headhunted the Russian senior engineer after the cold war ended, And brought him to America for his skills & knowledge...
Picture courtesy of NASA::

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 08:58 AM
Cool find OP! Here is a thread I started a few weeks ago regarding the re-discovery of Lunokhod II:

Russian Lunar Rover Found: 37-Year-Old Space Mystery Solved (updated)

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 09:18 AM
reply to post by Just Wondering


I don't see how this is evidence that "man did indeed land there".
That is a bit pressumptious.

I think it should be fairly obvious.

The Lunakhod has been imaged by the LRO. Se the link to the photo. (historical records would have been used to narrow the 'search', BTW)

The Apollo landing sites (all six) have been imaged, and the equipment left behind is clearly shown.


posted on May, 4 2010 @ 09:26 AM
Cant help but notice how much this thing looks like a tank.

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 09:36 AM
reply to post by weedwhacker

All it proves is that hardware landed. And even that is speculatory since all I see in the pic is a shiny dot, who is to say that it is the Russian robot and not an alien piece of hardware?

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 09:42 AM
reply to post by Just Wondering

An "alien" piece of hardware?

Thanks for that, I needed a smile.

If you bother to look at the Apollo landing site photos you will see not only the equipment left behind, but the equipment arranged and oriented in the way that history records, from Apollo mission facts.

In addition, the very evident paths that were made by the Astronaut's feet, as they 'walked' (or 'hopped', is a better description, based on the sort of locomotion that was easiest for them, in that environment) are also shown, in the images.

[edit on 4 May 2010 by weedwhacker]

posted on May, 4 2010 @ 11:56 AM
Maybe i can try to spot that rover with my reflector.

Just kidding...

I think i need little bit bigger telescope than 10cm reflector

posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 05:28 AM
sorry but that picture in the main news story is just a dot nothing else, does not prove anything, anyone could have shopped it in there.

posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 07:57 AM
So this dot proves it's the Russian rover but thousands of NASA photos proves the American moon landings were all a hoax. OK, I see how things work around here, whatever there is presented that's American must be lies, OH wait! THAT'S A NASA photo! Now were cherry picking which NASA photos are fake. White tiny pixel dot=real, thousands of high resolution NASA moon landing photos=obviously fake.

posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 08:03 AM
now i have seen a white dot with a bit of black on one side of it, i am convinced.

i am convinced that i see a white dot with black on one side of it. thanks!

everything else is just what they are telling me, i have no reason to disbelieve but if i am honest with my self, the picture does'nt help in proving i am seeing what they claim it to be.

posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 08:08 AM
Yeah I don't think they released this news and picture to appease the moon hoax conspiracy nuts.

More than likely they knew the rough coordinates of the rover and found it.

So, why would NASA make this up?

To fool the nuts that Russia sent a rover to the moon?

Yeah that works!

Thanks for bumping a year old thread too!

edit on 4/4/11 by Chadwickus because: (no reason given)

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