Russia  1973
Luna 21/Lunokhod 2
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Lunokhod 2 roving over the lunar surface. It was delivered by a lander called Luna 21. On the chart of the Moon behind, a star marks the landing position in the eastern Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity). Luna 21/Lunokhod 2 landed on 1973 January 15, just five weeks after the final Apollo mission, Apollo 17, which visited an area about 180 km to the south.

Stanley Gibbons catalogue number:
4159
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Along with the above stamp, the Russians released this pair of sheets. They depict the trajectory of Luna 21 to the Moon, Lunokhod 2 on the surface, and an engineer driving it by remote control from Earth. The designs of the two sheets are identical; the only difference is their colour. The small illustrations at top and bottom centre depict two pennants carried by the craft, a Russian space tradition.

Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers:
MS4160, MS4161