Mission Details

Mission Name: Luna 7
Mission Type: Lunar Impact
Operator: Soviet Union (Roscosmos)
Launching State: Soviet Union/Russia
Location: Oceanus Procellarum
Latitude: 9
Longitude: -51
Launch Date: 4 October 1965, 07:55 UT
Landing Date: 7 October 1965, 22:08 UT
Objects on or Related to Site:
Luna 7
Image Source: NASA

Description

Luna 7 was intended to achieve the first soft landing on the Moon.

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Heritage Consideration

Intended to be the first soft landing on the Moon, the spacecraft’s retrorockets were unable to fire due to a loss of attitude control and the spacecraft made a hard impact on the lunar surface.

Object on or Related to Site

Object Name: Luna 7
Cospar: 1969-058A
Norad: N/A
Location: Precise location unknown or undisclosed.
Launch Date: 4 October 1965, 07:55 UT
Landing Date: 27 October 1965, 22:08 UT
Deployment: N/A
End Date: 7 October 1965
Function: Continue investigations of a lunar soft landing.
Image Source: NASA

Description

Luna 7 (E-6 series) was an unmanned space mission of the Soviet Luna program, also called Lunik 7. The Luna 7 spacecraft was intended to achieve a soft landing on the Moon. However, due to premature retrofire and cutoff of the retrorockets, the spacecraft impacted the lunar surface in Oceanus Procellarum.

Automatic programmed systems then prevented the main engine from firing. As controllers observed helplessly, Luna 7 plummeted to the lunar surface at a very high speed, crashing at 22:08:24 UT on October 7, 1965, west of the Kepler crater, relatively near the actual intended target.

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