Lunokhod 2 was launched aboard the Luna 21 spacecraft on 8 January 1973, and the rover was deployed on 16 January 1973 following a successful landing in Le Monnier crater. Lunokhod 2 carried a suite of analytical instrumentation including cameras, geotechnical measurement devices, an astrophotometer, a magnetometer, a radiometer, a photodetector, and a laser retroreflector. Lunokhod 2 operated for almost four months and traversed 39 km on the lunar surface.
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