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Mission

Kind: Lunar lander

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: Soviet Union

Date

Start:

Duration: 12 days (launch to last contact)

Mission Ending

Last Contact: April 14, 1963

Rocket

Rocket: Molniya-L 8K78/E6

Kind: Soviet Union

Manufacturer: OKB-1

Mass: 1,422 kilograms (3,135 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur 1/5

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Barycentric(Earth-Moon system)

Lander

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



Luna 4, or E-6 No.4, sometimes known in the West as Sputnik 26, was a Soviet spacecraft launched as part of the Luna program to attempt the first soft landing on the Moon. Following a successful launch, the spacecraft failed to perform a course correction and as a result it missed the Moon, remaining instead in Earth orbit.

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