LUNOKHOD 2 LUNAR ROVER MODEL.
Plastic, resin and metal model, 14 by 11 by 7 inches, on wooden stand. A very fine, highly detailed and accurate 1:7 scale model manufactured by NPO Lavochkin, 1990s. Complete with Solar panel cover lifted with full stop. The large antenna can change the angle of tilt and rotate around the axis of the base, wheels rotate.
A very highly detailed model made for exhibition purposes by NPO Lavochkin, the Russian company that manufactured the actual Lunokhod. In January 1973, the Soviet Union's Lunokhod-2 moon rover touched down on the Moon at the start of a 4-month mission to explore the geology of the lunar surface. It is still on the Moon, but is no longer owned by Russia. In 1993, hard pressed for cash in the wake of the Soviet collapse and teetering on the brink of closure, the Lavochkin Space Design Company that built the rover auctioned it off at Sotheby's to the American collector Richard Garriott, son of a NASA astronaut who also became a paying guest on the ISS in 2008.