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Luna 24
Luna 24 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the third Soviet attempt to land at the site of a large mass concentration on the Moon, obtain a soil sample down to about 2 meters beneath the lunar surface, and return it to Earth.

Accomplishments: Luna 24 delivered more than 170 grams of soil from the previously unsampled Mare Crisium to the Soviet Union. It was the final Soviet lunar probe.


Key Dates
9 Aug 1976:  Launch
23 Aug 1976:  Samples Returned to Earth
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Luna 24 Facts The Soviets traded a gram of the Luna 24 sample for lunar material gathered by Apollo astronauts.

Luna 24 was the final Russian mission to the Moon.

It was also the last mission to the Moon for 14 years until NASA's Clementine mission.
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