Archive for November 2019

Space Rocket History #153 – Zond 5 – Tortoises in Space

November 7, 2019 @ 11:58 am

The first attempt for a Zond 4 follow-up launched on April 22.  It failed when the Launch Escape System sent an erroneous abort command at T+260 seconds and shut down the Proton booster’s second stage. The escape rocket fired and pulled the descent module to safety.

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Space Rocket History #152 – The Death of Yuri Gagarin

November 7, 2019 @ 11:42 am

Hundreds of millions of people all over the planet had seen Gagarin smiling joyfully in person or on television. He was theirs, familiar to everyone, and at the same time a “Citizen of the Universe.”

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Space Rocket History #151 – Zond 4

November 7, 2019 @ 11:29 am

When we left the Soviet Union they had somewhat successfully landed a probe on Venus and they had completed the automatic docking of two Soyuz 7K-OK spacecrafts.  However they did not reach their goal of a circumlunar flight in time for the 50th anniversary of the glorious revolution.

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