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Kind: Lunar sample return

State: Failure

Place: Moon

Operator: GSMZ Lavochkin

Instruments: Stereo imaging system Remote arm for sample collection Radiation detector



Duration: 8 days achieved

Mission Ending

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


Rocket: Proton-K/D

Kind: GSMZ Lavochkin

Manufacturer: GSMZ Lavochkin

Mass: 5,600 kg (12,300 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur 81/24


"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun


Reference System: Selenocentric

1º Orbit: Lunar


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

Luna 15 was a robotic space mission of the Soviet Luna programme, that crashed into the Moon on 21 July 1969. On 21 July 1969, while Apollo 11 astronauts finished the first human moonwalk, Luna 15, a robotic 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 14 June 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.