EARLY RUSSIAN LUNAR DIRECT ASCENT SPACECRAFT

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EARLY RUSSIAN LUNAR DIRECT ASCENT SPACECRAFT

Sold for US$ 4,375 inc. premium

Space History

20 Jul 2016, 13:00 EDT

New York

EARLY RUSSIAN LUNAR DIRECT ASCENT SPACECRAFT
Approx 1:41 scale model of an early Russian Lunar Direct Ascent spacecraft with landing gear deployed, plastic, resin and metal, 8¾ inches tall.

Direct Ascent was one of several strategies for a moon landing wherein the spacecraft and attached landing module would be launched directly to the moon, where it would land tail first. It would then launch off of the moon to return Earth. This method, which would require an enormous launch vehicle and was considered by both the United States and the USSR, was an alternative to the Earth Orbit Rendezvous (EOR) and Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) methods. The Apollo missions successfully made use of the LOR method, and the Soviets would have gone with a similar method had their N1 rocket not failed to launch.
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