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The Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok-1) reading to launch Yuri Gagarin to orbit.
Twin satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation system were raised on top of a Russian-made Soyuz rocket late Tuesday and installed for Friday’s launch from French Guiana to expand the growing network of spacecraft nearly 15,000 miles above Earth.
Luna 16 (USSR Luna sample return spacecraft) in the museum space in Moscow
The USSR’s Луна-9 (Luna 9) was the first manmade spacecraft to land on the Moon, or any planetary body other than Earth, on February 3rd of 1966. 250 seconds after its landing, its four "petals" opened up and stabilized the lander on the lunar surface. Luna 9’s rotating camera then began photographing and filming the lunar surface. It transmitted a total of 8 hours and 5 minutes of footage back to Earth in 7 radio bursts. Soviet scientists had programmed Luna to send information ...