|Launch Date||October 11, 1958 | 23:41:58 UT|
|Launch Site||Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Russia | Launch Site 1 |
|Alternate Names||Unnamed Luna|
Study the environment of interplanetary space and then crash into the Moon.
None. Vibrations in the strap-on boosters caused the launch vehicle to explode 104 seconds after launch.
This was the Soviet Union's second attempt to crash a probe into the Moon. It carried sensors to mission to study interplanetary matter, cosmic radiation, magnetic fields of the Moon and cosmic ray intensity.
Vibrations in the strap-on boosters caused the launch vehicle to explode 104 seconds after launch.
Launch Vehicle: 8K72 (no. B1-4)
Spacecraft Mass: About 794 pounds (360 kilograms) with upper stage)
- three-component magnetometer
- two gas-discharge counters
- piezoelectric detector
- scintillation counter
- ion traps
Siddiqi, Asif A. Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes 1958-2000, NASA, 2002.