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Ye-8-5/405 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This was the fifth Soviet attempt to collect lunar samples and bring them to Earth.

Accomplishments: None. The booster failed and the probe never reached Earth orbit, from which it was to be launched to the Moon.

Key Dates
6 Feb 1970:  Launch (04:16:06 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
This was the fifth unsuccessful attempt to collect lunar soil samples.

The sixth attempt -- Luna 16, also launched in 1970 -- was sucessful. It was the first robotic sample return from beyond Earth.

The Soviets capped 1970 with another success -- the deployment of the first robotic wheeled rover on another world, Lunokhod 1 (above).
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