Luna 8Luna 8
was an unmanned space mission
of the Luna program
, also called Lunik 8.
Luna 8 was launched with the probable mission of achieving a soft landing on the Moon
. However, the retrofire was late, and the spacecraft impacted the lunar surface in the Sea of Storms
. The mission did complete the experimental development of the star-orientation system and ground control of radio equipment, flight trajectory, and other instrumentation.
- Launch Date/Time: 1965-12-03 at 10:48:00 UTC
- On-orbit dry mass: 1550 kg