The Soviet Moon Lander That Never Was

Posted by Michael Sacco on Oct 8, 2010 in Science |

Soviet Moon Lander

These awesome¬†photos from the Moscow Aviation Institute depict the aborted Soviet moon lander project. The US ended up winning the space race in the 60s, just as Kennedy promised, but the Soviets weren’t too far behind, as these devices show. Also in this gallery are photos of the Soyuz landing capsule, the docking station for the Internation Space Station, and more marvels of the Soviet space program. Even amidst the metal plating and plexiglass you can see the fragility of it all, the myriad of things that could go wrong in space. It’s a wonder that we ever got to space at all, much less in machines like this, but we did it.

Lunar Lander

Soviet Lunar Lander

Soviet Satellite

Michael Sacco is a freelance editor and writer, currently working as senior editor at WoW Insider.

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