This Day in History: Luna 9 Lands on Moon (February 3, 1966)

Before Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, the Soviet Union’s Luna 9 probe became the first man-made object to successfully land there.

Before Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, the Soviet Union’s Luna 9 probe became the first man-made object to successfully land there. (NASA)

Before Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, the Soviet Union’s Luna 9 probe became the first man-made object to successfully land there.

Luna 9 was part of a series of Soviet lunar probes with various missions. The mission of Luna 9 was to land on the lunar surface.

It succeeded in its mission on February 3, 1966 and thus became the first spacecraft to successfully soft-land on another body in the solar system.

It also returned scientific data and pictures from the surface.

The United States would land its own unmanned lander, Surveyor 1, later in 1966.


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