The 60th anniversary of the launch of the. First artificial satellite of the Sun. " Space Exploration series" coin series. Weight (fine metal content): 31.1 g. Minted by the Moscow Mint, Russia.
6th coin in Superb "Space Exploration" coin series! This coin is Brand New - comes with the original mint capsule, presentation box with Certificate of Authenticity. USSR launches the first artificial planet.2, 1959, the USSR launched the first spacecraft beyond the Earth orbit into a trajectory around the Sun. Luna 1, also known as Mechta E-1 No. 4 and First Lunar Rover, was the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Earth's Moon, and the first spacecraft to be placed in heliocentric orbit. Intended as an impactor, Luna 1 was launched as part of the Soviet Luna programme in 1959, however due to an incorrectly timed upper stage burn during its launch, it missed the Moon, in the process becoming the first spacecraft to leave geocentric orbit.
Luna 1 was launched at 16:41 GMT (22:41 local time) on 2 January 1959 from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome by a Luna 8K72 rocket. Luna 1 became the first man-made object to reach the escape velocity of the Earth, along with its carrier rocket's 1,472-kilogram (3,245 lb) upper stage, which it separated from after achieving heliocentric orbit.
Due to a programming error, the duration of the upper stage's burn was incorrect, and consequently Luna 1 failed to impact the Moon. The spacecraft passed within 5,995 kilometres (3,725 mi) of the Moon's surface on 4 January after 34 hours of flight. It remains in orbit around the Sun, between the orbits of Earth and Mars. BEAUTIFUL GIFT AND INCREDIBLE COLLECTOR'S ITEM!
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