Russia  1966
Luna 9
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A strip of three stamps commemorating the flight of Luna 9, the first probe to soft-land on the Moon.

Left:  The trajectory of Luna 9 from launch on 31 January 1966 to landing in the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum) on 3 February 1966.

Centre:  The Soviet coat of arms, carried to the Moon by Luna 9.

Right:  Luna 9 on the lunar surface with a portion of the first view of its surroundings, transmitted to Earth on 4 February 1966.


Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers:
3363, 3364, 3365