Happy 40th Birthday, Lunokhod!


From Lunokhod to Selenokhod

On Nov. 17, we will celebrate one of the most outstanding achievements in the Russian space program. Lunokhod-1 reached the Moon 40 years ago.

Lunokhod 1 was the first of two unmanned lunar rovers landed on the Moon by the Soviet Union as part of its Lunokhod program. The spacecraft which carried Lunokhod 1 was named Luna 17. Lunokhod was the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on another celestial body.


Russian Team Selenokhod Joins Google Lunar X Prize

Today, Team Selenokhod, a Russian group of engineers and managers, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE – a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks as outlined in the competition’s official rules.