Highly detailed 1:5 scale presentation model of the Luna 9 spacecraft by Lavochkin Research and Production Association. Constructed of metal, cloth, and plastic composite, the custom handmade model stands 24.5″ in height, with either side bearing affixed red “CCCP” stickers. The model is set upon a black wooden base, 10″ x 10″ x 1″, with an affixed plaque: “Luna-9 Automatic Lunar Station Project Presentation Model, January 31, 1966—February 6, 1966, Lavochkin Research and Production Association." In fine condition.
On February 3, 1966, the Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the moon and transmit photographic data back to Earth. Over its three-day period of operation, the Luna 9 returned a total of 27 individual images of the lunar surface. Additionally, its success offered proof that the surface could support the weight of a lander, as some predicted that it would sink into a loose layer of dust. With extreme attention to details and accuracy, this is a museum-quality model of a significant spacecraft and this year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Luna-9 landing.
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