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Mission

Kind: Lunar orbiter

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: GSMZ Lavochkin

Instruments: Imaging systemGamma-ray spectrometerRadio altimeterMeteoroid detectorsMagnetometerCosmic-ray detectorsRadiation detectors

Date

Start:

Duration: Between 371 and 388 days (launch to last contact)

Mission Ending

Deactivated: c. 20 October 1972 (1972-10-21)

Last Contact: 1 November 1972

Rocket

Rocket: Proton-K/D

Kind: GSMZ Lavochkin

Manufacturer: GSMZ Lavochkin

Mass: 5,700 kilograms (12,600 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur 81/24

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Selenocentric

1º Orbit: Lunar

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Luna 19 (a.k.a. Lunik 19) (E-8-LS series), was an unmanned space mission of the Luna program. Luna 19 extended the systematic study of lunar gravitational fields and location of mascons (mass concentrations). It also studied the lunar radiation environment, the gamma-active lunar surface, and the solar wind. Photographic coverage via a television system was also obtained.

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