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Ye-6/6 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the Soviet Union's fourth attempt to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon. The lander was equipped with an imaging system and a radiation detector.

Accomplishments: None. A malfunction caused a premature engine cutoff and the spacecraft failed to reach Earth orbit.

Key Dates
21 Mar 1964:  Launch (08:15:35 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-6/6 Facts The Soviets celebrated their space exploration progress in 1964 with a stamp honoring Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (right), one of the father's of modern rocket science.

Tsiolkovsky's early work inspired many of the early successes in the Soviet rocket program.

He died in 1935 -- more than two decades before his ideas of space travel became reality.
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