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Kosmos 60
Kosmos 60 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was another Soviet attempt to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon. The lander was equipped with cameras and a radiation detector.

Accomplishments: None. A malfunction stranded the spacecraft in Earth orbit. It burned up in Earth's atmosphere five days after launch.

Key Dates
12 Mar 1965:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Kosmos 60 Facts This was the Soviet Union's 30th interplanetary launch.

A short circuit prevented engine ignition, stranding the spacecraft in Earth orbit.

The Soviet gave this Luna series spacecraft a Kosmos Earth-orbiting designation to conceal the fact it failed to make it to the Moon as planned.
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