Russian spacecraft landed on moon hours before Americans

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  1. venom

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    Russian spacecraft landed on moon hours before Americans



    A previously unheard recording of a Russian spacecraft attempting to beat NASA's Apollo 11 in 1969's race to the moon has been released.


    Published: 8:00AM BST 04 Jul 2009
    Russian spacecraft landed on moon hours before Americans
    The recordings from Jodrell's Lovell radio telescope, which were hidden in archives until researchers found them, show the Russian craft orbited the Moon and crash-landed onto its surface at 15:50 on July 21 - just a few hours before the Americans lifted Photo: AP

    In July 1969, the telescopes at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, in Cheshire, were tracking the Americans' Eagle Lander carrying astronauts towards the moon's surface.

    Sir Bernard Lovell, the astronomer, was among the team listening to transmissions coming from the area of space and began tracking the unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 15, which was trying to collect samples of lunar soil and rock and then return to Earth before the US mission.

    The recordings from Jodrell's Lovell radio telescope, which were hidden in archives until researchers found them, show the Russian craft orbited the Moon and crash-landed onto its surface at 15:50 on July 21 – just a few hours before the Americans lifted off.

    In the newly released recordings, which were made over three days, Sir Bernard, the founder of Jodrell Bank, can be heard narrating events with conversation from the Apollo 11 astronauts in the background.

    Sir Bernard notes a change in the orbit of Luna 15 to take it closer to the US landing site and later reports a rumour from a "well-informed source in Moscow" that the craft is about to land.

    People in Jodrell's control room can then be heard shouting "it's landing" and "it's going down much too fast" as they track Luna 15's final moments before it crashes.

    A voice is later heard saying: "I say, this has really been drama of the highest order."

    The recordings have been released by The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings.
     
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    Please post the link when you post any news .
     
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    So its confirmed that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and not somewhere in the Nevada desert :)

    I still wonder how the Soviets allowed the Americans to steal the lunar march despite being ahead of Americans during the early years of the space race.
     
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    Perhaps, the Soviets never realized the Americans were seriously planning the moon landing. They probably thought of it as propaganda until it really happened.
     
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    My god can't you people see the strings?
     
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    John Kennedy had promised Americans the moon before the decade was out,so the soviets had been forewarned and moreover Gagarin and Tereshkova had already set them on the path to manned missions,moreover apparently they even had an active moon programme,but still it never took off.

    Lacking in technology or something else....Wonder who lands on the Mars first
     
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    It was Kennedy's promise that the Soviets may have taken to be propaganda. Nevertheless, the Soviets had no problems with Money and political will was no problem. So, the best bet would be they were lacking in technology.

    I hope India makes it to Mars first.:D
     
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    Hollywood anyone.:D
     

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