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Old 9th September 2019, 11:11 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by pgwenthold View Post
Didn't Russia try to soft land on the moon on like, the day Armstrong and Aldrin landed? Or maybe a day or two later? The whole goal was to steal thunder from their return to earth. The attempt failed and the thing came in way too fast.
You are probably talking about Luna 15WP

On July 21, 1969, while Apollo 11 astronauts finished the first human moonwalk, Luna 15, an unmanned Soviet spacecraft in lunar orbit at the time, began its descent to the lunar surface. Launched three days before the Apollo 11 mission, it was the second Soviet attempt to return lunar soil back to Earth with a goal to outstrip the US in achieving a sample return in the Moon race. The previous mission, designated E-8-5-402, launched June 14, 1969, did not achieve Earth orbit because the third stage of its launch vehicle failed to ignite. The Luna 15 lander crashed into the Moon at 15:50 UT, hours before the scheduled American lift off from the Moon.[2]
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