Space & Astronomy
Russian moon recording released
By T.K. Randall
January 24, 2011 · 26 comments
Image Credit: NASA
The recording details Russia's attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon hours before Apollo 11.
In July 1969 the Soviet lunar spacecraft Luna 15 was in orbit around the moon ready to land on the surface, collect samples of lunar rocks and send them back to Earth before the Apollo astronauts arrived. Things didn't go according to plan however, the lander descended towards the lunar surface but crashed a short time later.
In July 1969, the telescopes at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, in Cheshire, were tracking the Americans' Eagle Lander carrying astronauts towards the moon's surface.
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