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Ye-1/2 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the Soviet Union's second attempt to crash a probe into the Moon. It carried sensors to mission to study interplanetary matter, cosmic radiation, magnetic fields of the Moon and cosmic ray intensity.

Accomplishments: None. Vibrations in the strap-on boosters caused the launch vehicle to explode 104 seconds after launch.


Key Dates
11 Oct 1958:  Launch (23:41:58 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-1/2 Facts This second Soviet Moon mission was launched about 15 hours after America's second Moon launch -- Pioneer 1/Able 2.

None of the seven lunar missions launched in 1958 by both nations reached their destination.
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