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Yes, there was a moon raceExamination of newly disclosed evidence confirms that the Soviets were indeed striving to reach the moon before the U.S. in 1969. It is noted that a Soviet unmanned lunar probe crashed on the moon's surface only hours before the U.S. Apollo landing. Now confirmed openly are moon-exploration schedules that were competitive with Apollo plans, the names and histories of Soviet lunar boosters and landers, identities of the lunar cosmonauts; and even photos of manned lunar craft are available. Additional details on the troubled moon-probe program are presented: technical problems, continuous changes in goals, schedules, and planning, vehicle and personnel disasters, transfer of authority between ministries, and political power struggles in the scientific community.
Document ID
19900042607
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Oberg, James E. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Air Force Magazine
Volume: 73
ISSN: 0730-6784
Subject Category
GENERAL
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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