WS: SOVIETS REVEAL WEIGHT OF LUNA 16 SAMPLE

Created: 11/2/1970

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Soviets Reveal Weight of Luna 16 Simple:

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nt: This is tho first time the Soviets have released any information regarding the weight of the sample of lunar material brought back to the earth byarlier intelligence estimates had placed the weight of ttie material returned as being on the orderound

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grams) or less. Whilefar less than the

amount of lunar materialby Apollo

it should be enough to allowLo carry outscientific analysis.

It Is to the Soviets' credit that they chose torill capable ofore of lunar material rathercoop which probably would have been simpler to design. For scientific analysis, it is much better toore to work with. The drilling mechanism used in the Lunaission alsootential for future planetary exploration such as an unnanned soft lander on Kdrs.

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