|Launch Date||Mar. 1, 1966|
|Launch Site||Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Russia|
|Destination||Earth’s Moon (Presumed)|
|Alternate Names||1966-017A, 02093, Unnamed Luna|
Historians presume this spacecraft was to be a lunar orbiter.
None. The spacecraft achieved Earth orbit, but the rocket that was to send it to the Moon failed to fire. The spacecraft re-entered Earth's atmosphere two days after launch.
In early 1966, the Soviets began hastily putting together an interim lunar orbiter program, the Ye-6S, partly to upstage the American Lunar Orbiter project and partly to commemorate the 23rd Congress of the Communist Party held in March 1966.
Engineers quickly designed a set of two rudimentary probes using the old Ye-6 (lander) buses for these missions. The first of them was prepared in less than a month but failed to leave Earth orbit.
During Earth-orbit operations, the Blok L upper stage lost roll control and failed to fire to send the probe towards the Moon. The official Soviet media named the stranded satellite Kosmos 111; it re-entered Earth's atmosphere two days after launch.
Launch Vehicle: Molniya-M
Spacecraft Mass: about 1,580 kg (lunar module: 245 kg