[FPSPACE] "Russians Landed on Moon Before Americans" Telegraph article
clj at panix.com
Sun Jul 5 11:57:22 EDT 2009
is an article headlined "Russian spacecraft landed on moon hours before
Americans" with the sub-headline "A previously unheard recording of a Russian
spacecraft attempting to beat NASA's Apollo 11 in 1969's race to the moon has
been released." It's about Luna 15, and has very little that's new (only the
release of a recording from Jodrell Bank monitoring the Luna 15 crash (NOT
landing!) on the moon.
In addition to the errors in the headline (the article itself makes it clear
that Luna 15 hit the moon after, not before the Eagle landed), the article
repeats the error that the Soviet craft was trying to beat the Americans back
to Earth with a soil sample. If the landing had been successful, the Luna 15
return craft would have reached Earth AFTER the Apollo 11 astronauts' return.
I certainly hope all the hype surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Apollo
11 landing doesn't result in a huge mis-remembering of history imprinting
itself in the memories of mankind.
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