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Aiming for the Moon

4 February, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In 1989 Soviet authorities admitted publicly for the first time the existence of a formerly secret
programme to land a cosmonaut on the Moon.

The space race between the USA and USSR, so well established in the lexicon of the 1960s, had indeed been real. Even as the Americans were preparing for their final Apollo Moon landing in 1972 the Soviets were still working towards their own first mission.

One of the star exhibits in the Science Museum’s Cosmonauts exhibition is the LK lander – the craft designed to land a cosmonaut on the Moon. This talk from Cosmonauts Curator Doug Millard examines the lander, its differences and similarities to the equivalent Apollo vehicle, and what that can tell us about how the Soviet Union intended to walk on the Moon.


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