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Luna 7
Luna 7 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: The Soviet Union intended Luna 7 to land softly on the lunar surface.

Accomplishments: None. The spacecraft crashed into the Moon due to loss of attitude control.


Key Dates
4 Oct 1965:  Launch
7 Oct 1965:  Lunar Impact
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Luna 7 Facts This was the Soviet Union's fourth attempt to make a survivable landing on the Moon.

A malfunction prevented the main engine from firing at a crucial point and the spacecraft hit the Moon at high speed.

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