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Close-Up Lunar Surface

NSSDCA ID: 1966-006A-01

Mission Name: Luna 9


The purpose of this experiment was to obtain information on the characteristics of the lunar surface. These characteristics include the amount of cratering, structure and size of craters, the amount, distribution, and sizes of ejecta, mechanical properties of the surface such as bearing strength, cohesiveness, compaction, etc. Determination and recognition of processes operating to produce the lunar surface features also were among the objectives of this photographic experiment.

Alternate Names

  • Luna9/Close-UpLunarSurface

Funding Agency

  • Soviet Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R)


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

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