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Ye-8-5M/412 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the second in a series of more advanced unmanned lander the Soviet Union designed to drill into the lunar surface, collect samples and return them to Earth.

Accomplishtments: None. A malfunction in the final stage of the booster rocket caused the spacecraft to burn up in Earth's atmosphere without reaching orbit.

Key Dates
16 Oct 1975:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ye-8-5M/412 Facts This mission was equipped with an improved drill that would bore deeper into the Moon's surface to collect samples.

The previous mission - Luna 23 - was damaged when it landed on the Moon.

A failure of the final booster rocket staged doomed this mission.
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