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Luna 12
Luna 12 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Luna 12 was designed to take high-resolution photos of the Moon's surface from lunar orbit.

Accomplishments: Luna 12 succeeded in photographing part of the lunar surface at a resolution down to 15 to 20 meters, the best to date. Like NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1, it used a film process rather than a TV camera. Following its main imaging mission, it used its scientific instruments to measure radiation, magnetism, and frequency of meteoroid impacts in the lunar environment.


Key Dates
22 Oct 1966:  Launch
19 Jan 1967:  End of Lunar Mission
Status: Success
Fast Facts
Luna 12 Facts Luna 12 took the first Soviet images of the Moon from orbit.

The film was developed, dried and scanned in space then beamed back to Earth.

Previous photos had been taken by flyby spacecraft and landers.
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