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Luna 19 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Luna 19 was to orbit the Moon, collecting data about the Moon and its environment.

Accomplishments: The spacecraft orbited the Moon for one year, transmitting photos of the Moon and data on the lunar gravitational field, the locations of mass concentrations (mascons), the solar wind, the lunar radiation environment, and the composition of the lunar surface.

Key Dates
28 Sep 1971:  Launch
2 Oct 1971:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Luna 19 Facts Luna 19 studied the Moon from orbit for one year.

It provided panoramic images of the Moon (right).

It was the first in the Soviet Union's third-generation series of lunar orbiters.
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