FIRST PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE LUNAR SURFACESIGNED BY 16 COSMONAUTS.
[First Panoramas of the Lunar Surface.] Moscow: [Academy of Science], 1967.
Folio (8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches). 100 pp. Text in Russian. Blue publisher's cloth lettered in silver. Spine lightly sunned, some light soiling to covers. Vol 1 (all published).
FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY 16 EARLY COSMONAUTS, INCLUDING GAGARIN, TITOV, BYKOVSKY, POPOVICH, NIKOLAEV, LEONOV, BELAYEV, BEREGOVOI, KHRUNOV, KUBASOV, ELISEEV, and SHATALOV. Also signed by Kamanin, who was the head of the cosmonaut program.
Features the first panoramic photographs of the Lunar surface, which were taken by the Luna-9 automatic station February 3, 1966. Luna 9 was the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, or any planetary body other than Earth, and to transmit photographic data to Earth. The landing spot was the western edge of the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum) on the Moon at 64.5 degrees W, 7 degrees N. Topics covered include, equipment, on-board systems, flight dynamics, results from studies of the panoramas of the lunar surface, mapping of surroundings of the spacecraft, and morphology of the landing area.