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Ye-6/8 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This mission was a Soviet attempt to make a soft landing on the Moon.

Accomplishments: None. A malfunction prevented the booster rocket's third-stage engine ignition. The spacecraft broke up and fell into the Pacific Ocean without reaching orbit.

Key Dates
10 Apr 1965:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-6/8 Facts This was the Soviet Union's 31st deep space mission.

Engineers made improvements to a troublesome guidance system on this spacecraft, the seventh attempt at a lunar soft landing.

It is believed depressurization of a nitrogen pipe prevented the third-stage engine from firing and doomed the mission.
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