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Luna 18
Luna 18 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Luna 18 was to collect lunar samples and bring them to Earth.

Accomplishments: The spacecraft crashed while attempting to land on the lunar surface. Before its destruction, however, it transmitted data regarding the mean density of the lunar topsoil.


Key Dates
2 Sep 1971:  Launch
7 Sep 1971:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
11 Sep 1971:  Crashed on the Moon
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Luna 18 Facts This was the Soviet Union's seventh attempt to robotically gather samples from the lunar surface.

The Soviets said it crashed in "unfavorable" mountainous terrain.

The spacecraft did return information on lunar soil density before it crashed.
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