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Zond 8 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the last of the Soviet efforts to fly around the Moon and back to Earth in preparation for sending cosmonauts to the Moon.

Accomplishments: Zond 8 successfully looped around the Moon and returned to Earth. It took high-quality photos of Earth and the Moon and conducted measurements of the lunar environment. Though its guidance system evidently malfunctioned during the return flight, it splashed down safely in the Indian Ocean 24 km from its original target.

Key Dates
20 Oct 1970:  Launch
27 Oct 1970:  End of Lunar Mission
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Zond 08 Facts This was the last of the Zond lunar missions.

The project was initiated in 1965 to compete with the Americans in the race to the Moon, but lost its importance once three astronauts circled the Moon on the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.

The capsule landing in the Indian Ocean 730 km south of the Chagos Islands.
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