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Zond 07
Zond 7 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was at least the seventh Soviet effort to send an unmanned spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth.

Accomplishments: Zond 7 was the first fully successful Soviet mission to fly a spacecraft around the Moon and return it to Earth. Though no humans were aboard, it carried a number of animals and other living things, including four steppe tortoises. It transmitted color pictures of both Earth and the Moon, and achieved a soft landing in Kazakhstan.


Key Dates
7 Aug 1969:  Launch
14 Aug 1969:  Returned and Landed on Earth
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Zond 07 Facts Zond 7 was the first successful Soviet mission to fly around the Moon and land safely on Earth.

Zond 7 carried a set of biological specimens, including four male steppe tortoises.

The spacecraft photographed both the Earth and Moon.
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