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Luna 14
Luna 14 Mission to Earth's Moon

Mission Type: Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 2nd-generation upper stage + escape stage, 8K78M (no. Ya716-58)
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), USSR, NIIP-5 / launch site 1
Spacecraft Mass: About 1,600 kg
Spacecraft Instruments: Unknown
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Luna 14 successfully entered lunar orbit at 19:25 UT on 10 April 1968. Initial orbital parameters were 160 x 870 km at 42 degrees inclination.

The primary goal of the flight was to test communications systems in support of the N1-L3 piloted lunar landing project. Ground tracking of the spacecraft's orbit also allowed controllers to accurately map lunar gravitational anomalies in order to predict trajectories of future lunar missions such as those of the LOK and LK lunar-landing vehicles.

Luna 14 also carried scientific instruments to study cosmic rays and charged particles from the sun, although few details have been revealed.

Key Dates
7 Apr 1968:  Launch (19:25 UT)
10 Apr 1968:  Lunar Orbit Insertion (19:25 UT)
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Luna 14 Facts This was the final flight of the second generation Luna spacecraft.

The Soviet Union launched six of the eight deep space missions in 1968.

Three of the missions were successful and one was a partial success.
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