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Ye-8-5/402 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This spacecraft was intended to land on the Moon, scoop up a small sample of lunar soil, and return it to Earth.

Accomplishments: None. The fourth stage of the launch vehicle failed and the spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere without attaining orbit.

Key Dates
14 Jun 1969:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-8-5/402 Facts The spacecraft carried a robotic arm and scoop to collect a small amount of lunar soil.

The soil was to be launched back to Earth in a 39 kg spherical capsule.

Unfortunately, the spacecraft burned up over the Pacific Ocean.
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