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Luna 5
Luna 5 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the second Soviet attempt at a soft landing on the Moon.

Accomplishments: The spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface following the failure of its guidance system and an error by ground control due to which the main engine failed to fire.

Key Dates
9 May 1965:  Launch
12 May 1965:  Lunar Impact
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Luna 5 Facts This was the Soviet Union's second attempt to make a survivable landing on the Moon.

It's predecessor, Luna 2, became the first humanmade object to make contact with the Moon in 1959.

The Soviet Union launched 10 of the 15 interplanety spacecraft sent into deep space in 1965.
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