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Very well done overview of the Soviet manned lunar program (video - 14 minutes)

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Winston

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A really nice overview. The Soyuz launch on-board video at the end sent me searching for the source if it. The first one below the Soviet manned lunar program overview contains that event. The second one has beautiful launch and ascent content.

[video=youtube;Vi6fjs_8Yx8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi6fjs_8Yx8[/video]

[video=youtube;fW2EhH1xRrY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW2EhH1xRrY[/video]

[video=youtube;q1fihj_ed9w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1fihj_ed9w[/video]
 

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“Mister President, their rocket blew up.”
by Dwayne Day
Monday, August 29, 2016

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3054/1

Excerpt:

The PDB presented to Nixon that day provided some of the first information on the dramatic launch pad explosion of a large Soviet rocket vehicle. Eventually, American satellites would return photographs of the devastated facility, but the first indications of a dramatic rocket explosion may have come from acoustic or seismic sensors that registered the event in the location of the Soviet Baikonur launch facility, which the CIA referred to as Tyuratam. What the PDB got wrong, however, was tying this failure to a predicted Soviet robotic mission to return samples from the Moon. That mission, Luna 15, eventually launched on July 13, but the spacecraft crashed on the Moon.

This President’s Daily Brief and other documents were publicly released last week ( https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/collection/presidents-daily-brief-1969-1977 )
as part of the second major batch of declassified PDBs. The first batch, released in 2015, covered the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. This new batch ( https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/PDB Symposium Nixon and Ford 24 Aug 2016.pdf ) covers the Nixon and Ford administrations.
 

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The reasons the Russians do not have people on the moon in 60 are:
1. The chief designer of the rocket and the best inventor of the engines are in sharp conflict.
2. Died the chief designer of the rocket.
3. After the Americans set foot on the moon Russians lose interest.
Otherwise rocket "Energy" has nearly the same parameters as Saturn V.
But after the collapse of the Soviet Union has no money for such an expensive project. Otherwise the Russians for one year could send people to the moon. No technical problems.
 
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