[FPSPACE] Launch of Luna 12 50 Years Ago

Andrew LePage drew at drewexmachina.com
Sat Oct 22 09:46:56 EDT 2016

On October 22, 1966 (50 years ago) the Soviet Union launched its second 
E-6LF spacecraft towards the Moon. Known as Luna 12, the objective of 
this mission was to orbit the Moon and obtain photographs of potential 
landing sites for a Soviet manned mission. Today's post on Drew Ex 
Machina takes a closer look at Luna 12 mission and that of its less 
successful predecessor, Luna 11, which were now competing with NASA's 
Lunar Orbiter spacecraft to map the Moon.


Drew LePage

Andrew J. LePage
Physicist & Writer


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