USSR’s Moon Lander

This is a pretty cool picture of the USSR’s moon lander. (The USSR never ended up sending a man to the moon.) See more pictures and read more about it here, and read more about the Soviet LK Lander here.

The LK (Lunniy Korabl—”lunar craft”) was a Soviet lunar lander and counterpart of the American Lunar Module (LM). The LK was to have landed a single Soviet citizen on the Moon before the Americans. It completed development and was test flown successfully in Earth orbit, but never reached the Moon because the N1 rocket required to take it to the Moon was never successful.

The success of Project Apollo in putting American astronauts on the Moon in 1969 meant that the United States won the Moon race, giving the deathblow to the Soviet moon program, although plans were drawn up until the early 1970s.

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