Launch Date/Time: 1966-03-31 at 10:48:00 UTC
Launch Site/Country: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R.
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 2nd Generation Upper Stage + Escape Stage
On-orbit dry mass: 540.00 kg. (1,188 lb.)
Triaxial Fluxgate Magnetometer
Luna 10 measured the magnetic field of the moon intermittently for 2 months. The instrumentation consisted of a triaxial fluxgate magnetometer with a dynamic range of -50 to +50 gammas. No independent attitude determination system was employed, so only the magnitude of the magnetic field and the components parallel and perpendicular to the spin axis were determined. The magnetometer was located at the end of a boom 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the spacecraft surface. The sampling rate of the vector magnetic field was once every 128 seconds. The accuracy of the measurements was estimated from inflight data to be 9 gammas for the component parallel to the spin axis and 2.5 gammas for the component perpendicular to the spin axis, yielding a residual error of 10 gammas for the magnitude.