Saturday 2 January 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Luna 1 Launched

Luna 1

On January 2nd 1959 the Russian Luna 1 space craft was launched it would become the first mission to reach our nearest neighbour in space the Moon.

Luna 1 was designed to crash into the surface of the Moon, it was hoped that it would send back details regarding the Moon right until its impact. Due to a problem at mission control Luna 1 missed the Moon by about 3,700 miles. Although that part of the mission failed scientific information was still gathered by this pioneering probe.

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