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State: Failure

Place: Moon

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"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

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"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

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"You’re going very fast when you’re on orbit, going around the world once every hour and a half." - Robert Crippen

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"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Kosmos 305 (Russian: Космос 305 meaning Cosmos 305) (Ye-8-5 series) was the fifth Soviet attempt at an unmanned lunar sample return. It was probably similar in design to the Luna 16 spacecraft. It was launched, on a Proton rocket, on October 22, 1969. The engines on the Block D upper stage failed, terminating the mission. This left the spacecraft stranded in Earth orbit.

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