10 June, 2015

Nazis On The Moon? This Time The Soviets Had Proof?

The Luna Program, consisting of flyby, orbiting, and landing missions using robotic spacecraft, was conducted by the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1976. The purpose of the program was to collect useful information about the Moon for scientific purposes, as well as for planning future manned missions to the Moon.

The mission achieved many firsts, some of which were dubious firsts. For instance, Luna 1, launched in January 1959, missed its impact on the Moon and became the first spacecraft from Earth to fall into orbit around our Sun.

Luna 2, launched in September 1959, impacted on the Moon and thus became the first man-made object to reach the Moon. Luna 3, launched to the Moon in October 1959, was the first man-made craft to send back photographs of the far side of the Moon.

Lunar 9 achieved the first soft landing on the Moon and sent back five photographs that were the first close-up photos of the lunar surface. Subsequent missions collected samples of lunar soil and brought them back to Earth.

The purpose of the Luna Program was to prepare the Soviets for a manned mission to the Moon. But the missions, which ended in 1976, failed to achieve that goal.

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