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Ye-6/2 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the first Soviet spacecraft designed to make a survivable landing on the Moon. The 100 kilogram (220 pound) egg-shaped lander carried an imaging system and an instrument to measure radiation.

Accomplishments: None. The spacecraft made it to Earth orbit, but a malfunction failed to send it on the Moon. It eventually burned up in Earth's atmosphere.

Key Dates
4 Jan 1963:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
There were only four interplanetary launches in 1963.

All four spacecraft targeted the Moon and were launched by the Soviet Union.

None were successful.
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