Moon shock: Luna 15 - the disastrous rival Soviet bid to land on the Moon
| Ciaran McGrath
7/21/2019 1:33 PM EST
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The plan was to fire the main rocket for 267.3 seconds and bring the vehicle down to about 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometres) altitude.
However, during the descent, transmissions from the vehicle abruptly stopped after 237 seconds, at which pointed indicated the spacecraft was about two miles above the lunar surface.
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NASA adds: “Later analysis indicated that Luna 15 had probably crashed onto the side of a mountain (at...
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