The Persistant Dream - Soviet Plans for Manned Lunar Missions

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L. Van Den Abeelen (1999), JBIS, 52, 123-126

Refcode: 1999.52.123

Soviet hopes of achieving the supreme space `first' were crushed in July 1969 when an American became the first human on the Moon. Following the four unsuccessful flight tests of the N1 lunar booster, the Soviet manned lunar landing effort was officially suspended, but even as the Russians were denying they had ever planned to land a cosmonaut on the moon, NPO Energia was designing craft for a long-term scientific, even semi-industrial presence on the lunar surface.

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