The Communist World
OFT-LANDS ON THE MOON
USSR'schieved its primary mission ofon the moon and photographing the lunar surface. It wash soft-landing vehicle to he launched since the beginning but only the fourth to reach the moon and the first toay-load gently on its In demonstrating theOf this technique, robably signaled inaugurationigorous Soviet program oflunar explorationrelude to manned lunar
During seven datatotaling eight hours, ent panoramic facsimile pictures of the surrounding landscape. The
transmissions began shortlythe probe landed on 4and were discontinuedebruary when, according to TASS, the electrical powerwas exhausted,
In addition to the facsimil equipment, arried instru mentation lo collect scientific data on the lunar environment.
TAss announc* had "successfully completed its research program on the moon". ESTebruary. i
SOVIET LUNA MISSIONS