"First Panoramic view of the Lunar Surface", signed by 16 early cosmonauts including: Gagarin, Titov, Bykovsky, Popovich, Nikolaev, Leonov, Belayev, Volynov, Beregovoi, Khrunov, Kubasov, Eliseev, Shatalov. Also signed by Kamanin, who was the head of the cosmonaut program. Published by Academy of Science " Nauka", 1967, Moscow. Size 30 cm x 22.5 cm, 100 pp. Only 3200 books were printed. In very good condition.
The book is featuring the first panoramic photographs of the Moon surface obtain by Luna-9 On 3 February 1966 the Luna 9 automatic station was the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, or any planetary body other than Earth, and to transmit photographic data to Earth. It was the western edge of the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum) on the Moon at 64.5 degrees W, 7 degrees N.
Discussions in the book involve the equipment, on-board systems, flight dynamics, results from studies of the panoramas of the lunar surface, mapping of surroundings of the spacecraft, and morphology of the landing area. The individual photographs as well as panoramic mosaics are included. The text is in Russian. Very rare.
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