Romania  1971
Luna 16; Luna 17/Lunokhod 1
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The flights of Luna 16 (first automatic retrieval of Moon samples) and Luna 17 (first robotic Moon rover) were a popular subject for stamps. This pair from Romania was issued joined together (se-tenant, as the philatelists say). The left-hand stamp shows the Luna 16 upper stage taking off from the Moon carrying lunar samples back to Earth, while the other shows the Lunokhod 1 Moon rover leaving tracks in the soil as it drives away from the Luna 17 landing stage.


Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers:
3794–3795


The stamps were also issued in a commemorative sheet of four, below.
This sheet has no SG number.

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