Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Luna 24

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Luna 24 was a successful automated sample return. Luna 24 was launched on 9 August 1976 and successfully landed in Mare Crisium near the Luna 23 spacecraft on 18 August 1976. After collecting 170 g of lunar regolith, the Luna 24 ascent stage launched on 19 August 1976 and successfully landed back on Earth on 22 August 1976.

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