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Kosmos 305
Kosmos 305 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: One month following the failed Kosmos 300 mission, Kosmos 305 was launched with the same goal: to retrieve lunar soil samples and bring them to Earth.

Accomplishments: None. The rocket that was to propel the probe from Earth orbit to the Moon failed to fire, and the spacecraft reentered the atmosphere after it had completed less than one orbit of the Earth.

Key Dates
22 Oct 1969:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Kosmos 305 Facts Fourth Soviet attempt to return samples from the Moon.

A programming error is believe to have led to a loss of communications and the booster rocket to carry the spacecraft out of Earth orbit never fired.

The Soviets renamed it as part of the Kosmos series of Earth-orbiting missions to disguise its true purpose to visit the Moon.
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