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Ye-3/1 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This spacecraft carried an improved radio telemetry system to return more detailed photos of the lunar far side. It also carried instruments to study cosmic rays and micrometeoroids in interplanetary space.

Accomplishments: None. Premature engine cutoff gave the probe insufficient velocity and it burned up in Earth's atmosphere.


Key Dates
15 Apr 1960:  Launch (15:06:44 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-3/1 Facts This was the first Soviet launch of 1960.

None of the four Moon missions launched by the U.S. and USSR in 1960 were successful.

In 1960, Soviet scientists also turned their attention to Mars with two launches.
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