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Luna 22
Luna 22 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Luna 22 was to orbit the Moon, imaging the surface and conducting remote-sensing measurements.

Accomplishments: In addition to its primary mission of surface photography from lunar orbit, Luna 22 studied the chemical composition of the lunar surface, recorded meteoroid activity, searched for a lunar magnetic field, measured solar and cosmic radiation flux, and continued studies of the irregular magnetic field.


Key Dates
29 May 1974:  Launch
2 Jun 1974:  Arrival in Lunar Orbit
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Luna 22 Facts Luna 21 was the sixth and final Soviet spacecraft dedicated to orbiting the Moon.

No major maneuvers were executed for nearly 5 months in order to reveal orbital changes which would indicate variations in the gravitational field.

The highly mission ended a few months after the spacecraft ran out propellant in September 1975.
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