The Soviet Moon and Mars Programs, by Lunar Explorer Italia

Posted: April 20th, 2012 in Mars, Mars science, Moon, space
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Uploaded by on Apr 30, 2008

Se il “Programma Marte” dell’Agenzia Spaziale Sovietica fu, a ben vedere – ed a nostro parere – un grande successo, il Programma Luna fu anche qualcosa di più: un grande successo senza dubbio (e come vedrete) ma anche una grande “incompiuta.”

Il “Fratello Sovietico” del vettore USA Saturno V, proprio al momento del lancio (che avrebbe portato due Cosmonauti Sovietici sulla Luna con un leggero anticipo rispetto all’Apollo 11), si incendiò ed esplose sulla rampa (una colossale catastrofe che provocò decine di morti e della quale sappiamo ancora davvero poco). Fu da quel momento, probabilmente, che l’URSS alzò bandiera bianca e lasciò campo libero agli USA ed alla NASA.
Tuttavia, sebbene nessun Cosmonauta Sovietico riuscì a camminare sulla Luna, il Programma Lunare vide il completamento (con successo) di ben 20 Missioni.

Con questa serie di immagini andremo a vedere da vicino alcuni momenti delle Missioni URSS coronate dal successo e ci accorgeremo (ancora una volta) di come la nostra tecnologia fosse già molto avanzata, sin dalla metà degli Anni ‘60…
Questo video vuole essere un semplice e sentito omaggio alla Memoria di quei Grandi Scienziati e Ricercatori che lavorarono al Programma Spaziale Urss e che, per esso (e per tutti Noi), morirono.

Translation (by Google):

If the “Mars program” was the Soviet Space Agency, in hindsight – and in our opinion – a great success, the Luna Program was also something more: a great success without a doubt (and as you’ll see) but also a great “unfinished.”

The “Soviet Brother” of the Saturn V U.S. carrier, right at launch (which would have brought two Soviet cosmonauts on the Moon with a slight advance of the Apollo 11), caught fire and exploded on the ramp (a colossal catastrophe that caused tens of dead and of which we still know very little). It was from that moment, probably, that the USSR raised the white flag and left the field free to the USA and NASA.
However, although no Soviet Cosmonaut was able to walk on the moon, the lunar program saw the completion (with success) to some 20 missions.

With this series of images we will look closely at certain times of the USSR Mission to successful and we realize (once again) of how our technology is already well advanced, since the mid-60s …
This video is intended as a simple and heartfelt tribute to the memory of those Great Scientists and researchers who worked on the Space Program and the USSR, for it (and for all of us), died.

A little history for ya…

The Russian Army Choir provides some Russki inspiration for this nicely edited overview of the first of my kind of never-been-there, never-done-that missions. Included are the visual results of the Luna13, 17 and 21, Lunik, Zond and Lunakhod probes.

Although the majority of Soviet moon photos are quite banal, to say the least, there is one shot that is most exciting. It’s contained within this video, (don’t worry, you’ll spot it, I’m sure) and I have written about it here at WATT long ago. Three years ago! And I am to this day convinced that the piece in question did not fall off of any part the Luna probe on landing.

I like the guys and gals over at Lunar Explorer Italia. They like science, you see, as do I, are involved in same and hence they are radically different from most other entities proclaiming themselves on a quest for truth. Sad, but true, that. They got very bummed out due to folks stealin’ their stuff for a while and went incognito… and then I lost my login. Sigh. I am glad to see their YT channel’s still up (or back up) and they have a new blog, too, at Universe Alive Images. Firefox or Chrome should offer translation. Mine do, anyway.

On to Mars…

Uploaded by on Apr 30, 2008

L’idea di offrire ai nostri Amici Lettori una carrellata di immagini che mostrassero, in maniera adeguata, gli incredibili – anche se passati, in larghissima misura, sotto silenzio – successi del Programma Spaziale Sovietico, era già nelle nostre intenzioni da parecchio tempo.

Con oggi iniziamo a vedere qualcosa che, sebbene faccia ormai parte della Storia e non più dell’attualità, non potrà non stupire, sorprendere e meravigliare: l’Agenzia Spaziale Sovietica, sin dai primi Anni ’60, era già estremamente evoluta (ben più della NASA), ma una impressionante serie di rovesci (alcuni dei quali così assurdi da far pensare al sabotaggio più che alla sfortuna…), unita ad una propaganda rivolta al “silenzio” e non alla “pubblicizzazione,” la portarono a recitare, negli anni a venire, un mero ruolo di comprimaria nell’Avventura Spaziale.

Translation (by Google):

The idea to offer our readers a roundup Friends of images that showed, in an appropriate manner, incredible – even if passed, very largely, in silence – the successes of the Soviet Space Program, was our intention for some time.

By now we begin to see something that, while now part of history and not of actuality, can not fail to impress, amaze and surprise us: the Soviet Space Agency, since the early 60s, was already highly evolved (much more NASA), but an impressive series of setbacks (some of which are so absurd as to suggest to sabotage rather than to bad luck …), combined with a propaganda directed to the “silence” and not “advertising,” led her to acting in the years to come, a mere second lead role in The Adventure Space.

Looking at this old footage from the Pioneer Days of space exploration it’s quite interesting to see just how far our cameras have come along in terms of resolution, accompanied and assisted by nicely engineered precision close-up orbital distances, of course.

Sweeping orbital vistas of the alien Martian landscape, nicely compiled and ‘flown’ around on — all set once again to the fine utterances of the Russian Army Choir. This second part contains imagery from the Mars4  and 5; and Phobos1 and 2 missions.

Enjoy.

Peace.

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