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CLIP 9936

First probe reaches the Moon

First probe reaches the Moon
Key Info
  • First probe reaches the Moon
  • Duration: 03:08
  • The Russians shocked the world by successfully crashing a probe into the Moon in 1959. Luna 2 was the first probe that successfully crashed into the Moon. However, the Russians had no way of monitoring the probe to see that it landed successfully on target, so they told British scientists working at Jodrell Bank how to monitor its progress. Published as part of the Solar System website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Space Exploration

  • Keywords: Jodrell Bank, Luna, moon, probe, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • To demonstrate an important milestone in the Space Race and also to show how scientists can work together in a competitive field.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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