Luna 9 Petal
Lot 1111
"PETAL" FOR LUNA 9 SOVIET SOFT-LANDER. Large alloy "petal," designed for the Luna 9 lander manufactured by GSMZ Lavochkin.
Sold for US$ 4,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
"PETAL" FOR LUNA 9 SOVIET SOFT-LANDER.
Large alloy "petal," designed for the Luna 9 lander manufactured by GSMZ Lavochkin. Steel, 20 x 20 inches, on later 8 x 10 inch display stand.

In 1959, the Russians successful impacted their Luna 2 spacecraft on the lunar surface, becoming the first country to put an object on another planetary body. In February, 1966, they went a step further and achieved the first soft landing on the moon, with Luna 9. Cushioned by a landing bag, it touched down and four petals covering the top half of the spacecraft opened outward, stabilizing the spacecraft on the lunar surface. Antennas sprung out, and a rotating mirror and camera assembly sent back panoramic views of the lunar surface—the first time humans had seen close-up views of the surface of our satellite. The present surplus petal is identical to those on Luna 9, which now rests on the Oceanus Procellarum.
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