Lunokhod-2 or 37 years of oblivion


    A Canadian scientist from the University of Western Ontario discovered the Soviet "Lunokhod-2", which disappeared 37 years ago, in the pictures of the Moon. The exact location of the lunar rover and its 37-kilometer trail were discovered while exploring new NASA images and maps of the moon.

    A bit of history

    Lunokhod-2 is the second of a series of Soviet lunar remotely controlled self-propelled planetary rovers, Lunokhod. It was designed to study the mechanical properties of the lunar surface, photograph and photograph the moon, conduct experiments with a ground-based laser range finder, observe solar radiation, and other studies. Structurally, Lunokhod-2 was not much different from its predecessor, Lunokhod-1, the mass of Lunokhod-2 was 836 kg. Lunokhod-2 was delivered to the Moon on January 16, 1973, by the Luna-21 automatic station. In four months of operation, Lunokhod-2 traveled a distance of 37 kilometers and transmitted 86 panoramas and more than 80 thousand images of the lunar surface to Earth. Officially, the machine was discontinued on June 4, 1973.

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