“The Earth is the cradle of humankind, but we cannot lie in the cradle forever,” Konstantin Tsiolkovsky said. On that February day, the Soviet astronautics proved once again that it was steady on its legs. Automatic interstellar station Luna-9 soft-landed on the Moon, in the Oceanus Procellarum, to the south of Reiner and Marius craters, and started transmitting the images of lunar landscape to the Earth. The scientists obtained the close-up views of lunar landscape for the first time, as one could see the details of surface 1-2 mm in diameter on the images.
In 1966, Luna-9 space station landed on the Moon