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Luna 8 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Like Luna 4 through 7, this was a Soviet attempt at a soft landing on the Moon.

Accomplishments: The mission did complete the experimental development of the star-orientation system and ground control of radio equipment, flight trajectory and other instrumentation. But escaping air from a punctured airbag caused the spacecraft to spin, preventing a proper firing of the retrorockets to slow the spacecraft's descent. It crashed into the lunar surface.


Key Dates
3 Dec 1965:  Launch
6 Dec 1965:  Lunar Impact
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Luna 8 Facts This was the Soviet Union's fifth attempt to make a survivable landing on the Moon.

A punctured air bag caused the spacecraft to spin and it couldn't slow down enough to make a safe landing.

The Soviet Union launched 10 of the 15 interplanety spacecraft sent into deep space in 1965.
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