July 20, 2019

Astro-Vid Of the Week: The Launch of Luna 2

The Luna 2 Impactor. (Credit: NASA).

The late 1950s was a heady time of firsts in space for the Soviet Union. 54 years ago today on September 12th 1959, Mother Russia achieved another first with the launch of Luna 2. The 860 lb satellite lifted off at 06:39:42 Universal Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to impact the Moon east of the Mare Imbrium near the crater Archimedes just over 36 hours later. [Read more...]