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Ye-8/201 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the Soviets' first attempt to land a rover on the Moon. It was designed to collect data from various points on the lunar surface over the course of 3 lunar days (about 3 Earth months).

Accomplishments: None. The payload stack disintegrated 51 seconds after launch and the booster eventually exploded.

Key Dates
19 Feb 1969:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
This mission was the first attempt to use a robotic rover to explore another world.

The rover was destroyed in the booster rocket explosion.

There are rumors Soviet soldiers used the rover's radioative heat source to warm their barracks during a bitter winter.
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