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Mission

Kind: Planetary Science

State: Partial failure

Place: Moon

Operator: Lavochkin

Instruments: 1) cosmic ray and micrometeoroid detectors, 2) photography equipment, 3) biological payload,

Date

Start:

Duration: 7 days

Mission Ending

Disposal: Crash landed

Rocket

Rocket: Proton-K/11S824

Kind: Lavochkin

Manufacturer: NPO Energia Company[citation needed]

Mass: 5,375 kg (11,850 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur 81/26

Flyby

1º Flyby: Moon

Orbit

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

Lander

Region: 70 km NE of Tyuratam, Kazakhstan, USSR

Date: 17 November 1968 (1968-11-17) 14:10 UT



Zond 6, a formal member of the Soviet Zond program and unmanned version of Soyuz 7K-L1 manned Moon-flyby spacecraft, was launched on a lunar flyby mission from a parent satellite (68-101B) in Earth parking orbit. The spacecraft, which carried scientific probes including cosmic ray and micrometeoroid detectors, photography equipment, and a biological payload (flies, bacteria and turtles), was a precursor to a manned circumlunar flight which the Soviets hoped could occur in December 1968, beating the American Apollo 8. However, after rounding the Moon, Zond 6 crashed on its return to Earth due to a parachute failure.

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