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Apollo 15 and 16 Subsatellites
Apollo 15 and 16 Subsatellites (click to enlarge)

Apollo 15 and 16 Subsatellites
Date: 4 Aug 1971

Two nearly identical small satellites were deployed by the Apollo 15 and 16 crews shortly before leaving lunar orbit. The probes were designed around a 35.6-centimeter-diameter hexagonal structure that was equipped with three instrument booms. Power came from solar panels and chemical batteries.

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