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The Technology Behind Man’s First Moon Rover: Lunokhod 1

by Kenny Hoeschen
The Technology Behind Man’s First Moon Rover: Lunokhod 1zoom in

Lunokhod 1 was the first planetary exploration vehicle to operate successfully on another celestial body. It landed on the Moon on November 17, 1970 and operated there until September 29, 1971. This infographic provides the specifications of the¬†Lunokhod 1, including the cameras, antennae, and telescopes that were part of the rover’s data collection and transmision capabilities. The¬†Lunokhod 1 was powered by a 200 Amp-hr battery that was recharged via solar cells. It successfully gathered ~25,000 slow-scan images and 211 panoramic images, traveling a total distance of 10,540 Moon miles.

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