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Soviet Unions Moon Rocket. It was the Soviet counterpart of the American
Saturn-V. The launch location
site was Baikonur
Cosmodrome, Soviet Union. The first launch was in 1969. It consisted of
stages. All stages used kerosene and liqiud oxygen as propellants. The first
stage had 30 NK-33
Rocket Engines. Four launches were performed, however, they all failed.
was a 5 Stage Rocket!
stage had an amazing 30 NK-33 rocket engines, the second stage had 8 NK-43
engines, the third stage used 4 NK-39
engines, the forth used 1 NK-31
and the fifth
stage was the RD-58.
There were four launches in
total from 1969
The first test launch of the N-1 rocket was on February 21,
1969. It failed 68.7 seconds after liftoff.
The second test launch of the N-1 rocket was on July 3,
1969. It failed immediately after liftoff.
The third launch of the N1 rocket was on June 27, 1971. It
failed at 50.1 seconds after liftoff.
The fourth and final launch of the N1 rocket was on November
It failed about 107 seconds after liftoff.
plans to develop derivatives from the N-1. Korolev, the
chief of OKB-1 wanted the N-2 to be used in place of the
Proton Rocket and the N-3 to replace the Soyuz/R-7 rocket.
Neither the N-2 or N-3 were built and Korolev died in 1966.
Mishin took over.
Did you know?
We know the
Soviet's lost the moon race. Please note the Lunar 15 Orbiter
was in orbit at the time the Eagle landed. The Soviets sent a
moon sample return mission to beat the Americans. Unfortunately,
it was unsuccessful. If it was successful, the Soviets could
have said it was cheaper to use an un-manned spacecraft.
The N-1 Moon
Rocket was replaced by the Energia Booster. The Energia Booster
used modified N-1 launch pads.
and Space Corporation Energia by Robert Godwin
Buy from Amazon.com,
Korolev : How One Man Masterminded the Soviet
Drive to Beat America to the Moon
by James Harford
Red Stuff - The True Story of the Russian Race for Space
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