[FPSPACE] 50 Years Ago: The Mission of Zond 3

Andrew LePage drew at drewexmachina.com
Mon Jul 27 20:45:10 EDT 2015

A half a century ago in the wake of the successful Mariner 4 flyby of 
Mars (and the failure of Zond 2), the Soviet Union launched Zond 3 on an 
engineering test flight of the spacecraft they hoped to launch to Venus 
in less than four months. As part of this test, Zond 3 flew by the Moon 
and secured spectacular images of the previously unseen parts of the 
lunar far side. Today's post on Drew Ex Machina provides a link to a new 
article published in "The Space Review" which presents the story of this 
unique mission as well as the histories of its less successful predecessors.


Drew LePage

Andrew J. LePage
Physicist & Writer


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