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I've read somewhere that the Russians have moon rocks. How did they get them?

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    $\begingroup$ The Soviet Union were the first to do many things space related: put an object into space, put a creature into space, put a man into space, land a vehicle on the moon, land a robot on the moon, return things from the moon, etc., etc., ... $\endgroup$ – Octopus Jul 4 '18 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ Luna-15 tried to be first with lunar rocks but failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_15 $\endgroup$ – Heopps Jul 4 '18 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ @DaveBoltman: through the Apollo program. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Jul 5 '18 at 11:06
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    $\begingroup$ The main reason this is question is being asked is probably because the Soviet Union never landed a human being on the moon. Before reading the accepted answer, I would have guessed that they simply acquired all of their moon rocks through the US. $\endgroup$ – Panzercrisis Jul 5 '18 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Octopus Luna 16 flew September 1970, so Apollo 11 beat them in "returning things from the moon". $\endgroup$ – user71659 Jul 6 '18 at 5:19
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The USSR flew three successful automated lunar sample return missions: Luna 16, Luna 20 and Luna 24. The probes landed on the Moon, collected samples, and started a small rocket with the samples back to Earth. The returned mass was very small (101 g, 30 g and 170 g, respectively).

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    $\begingroup$ To complement - USSR also obtained samples of Apollo rocks in exchange for Luna stations samples. Source - livejournal post (in Russian language with massive inserted citations in English) : vakhnenko.livejournal.com/241952.html $\endgroup$ – Heopps Jul 3 '18 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ As detailed in the Wikipedia articles @DarkDust cites, the Luna 16, 20, and 24 missions were flown in the early- to mid-1970's. Worth a look! $\endgroup$ – Tom Spilker Jul 3 '18 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks everyone that clears things up. I should have searched for lunar rocks $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Fair Jul 3 '18 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ In addition, Nixon sent some of the Apollo moon rocks to the USSR. ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_sample_displays ). $\endgroup$ – David Cary Jul 4 '18 at 15:06

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