Soviet lunar probe Luna 16, returned with moon soil samples on September 12, 1970.
September 12, 1970
- Luna 16 – Wikipedia
Luna 16, also known as Lunnik 16, was an unmanned space mission, part of the Soviet Luna program. Luna 16 was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample of lunar soil to … At perilune at 05:12 UT on 20 September, the main braking engine was fired, initiating the descent to the lunar surface
- 24 September 1970 – Luna 16 Returns First Automatic Lunar Soil …
Sep 24, 2017 – The USSR has lost the space race. … 24 September 1970 – Luna 16 Returns First Automatic Lunar Soil Sample … It is the third sample ever to return from the Moon, after the manned Apollo 11 & 12 missions brought … Soft landing of the whole probe, collection of the sample and a successful return to Earth.
- BBC ON THIS DAY | 20 | 1970: Soviet probe collects moon rock
The Russian space probe, Luna 16, has landed on the Moon to collect samples from its surface. It is the first time an unmanned probe has been used to bring objects back to Earth from space. The probe landed at the Sea of Fertility, a region which has not yet been explored.
- In Depth | Luna 16 – Solar System Exploration: NASA Science
Goals: The Luna 16 lander was to drill out a sample core from the Moon’s surface … Soviet sample return, and the first fully robotic sample return of any nation. … more than 100 grams of lunar soil, landed safely in Kazakhstan 12 days after the … Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes …
- Luna 16 – the NSSDCA – NASA
Luna 16 was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample to Earth and represented the first lunar sample return mission by the Soviet Union and the third overall, following the Apollo 11 and 12 missions.