Feb 1966: Soviets land probe on Moon

Nanfeishen

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Yesterday, 3 Feb marked the anniversary of the first controlled landing on the moon:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/3/newsid_4063000/4063471.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_9

Interesting, that for many years , the Russians were actually quite ahead in the the space race.

The USSR notched up a series of space firsts beginning with the launch of the world's first man-made satellite, Sputnik, in 1957.

Later the same year they sent a dog called Laika into space.

April 12 1961, Major Gagarin orbited the Earth for 108 minutes travelling at more than 17,000 miles per hour (27,000 kilometres per hour) before landing at an undisclosed location.

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman cosmonaut in 1963 and two years later Alexei Leonov became the first man to perform a space walk.
 

stoke

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Well, duh, the US's camera's were made in china by the cheapest bidder .. :p

Yea, I don't believe anything the US publishes.

Nice stuff, thanks peeps.
 

PeterCH

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Yup the Soviets did it first and unlike the Yanks they did more of their own R&D initially. The Yanks used the Germans more than the Russians.

However while the average Yank was living like a lord, the average Russian lived like a pauper.
 
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