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Lunokhod 1



Lunokhod 1 was a lunar rover delivered to the Moon by Luna 17. It was a Soviet vehicle launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket. This automatic self-propelled lunar vehicle operated from Earth for purposes of scientific investigations.

Alternate Names

  • Lunokhod1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1970-11-10
Launch Vehicle: Proton Booster Plus Upper Stage and Escape Stages
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Planetary Science
  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office


Selected References

  • Watts, R. N., Jr., Soviet lunar rover, Sky and Telescope, 41, No. 3, 155-157, Mar. 1971.
  • Petrov, G. I., Investigation of the moon with the Lunokhod-1 space vehicle, Acad. Sci. USSR, Inst. Space Res., D-90, Moscow, USSR, 1971.
  • Harvey, B., The new Russian space programme from competition to collaboration, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, 1996.
  • Johnson, N. L., Handbook of soviet lunar and planetary exploration - volume 47 science and technology series, Amer. Astronau. Soc. Publ., 1979.
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