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    Soviet Vintage Luna 1 (Dream) Spacecraft Model on Base. An important replica of the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon. The metal model is 2.5" in diameter (without projections) and mounted on a 3" x 5.5" wooden base. Launched from Baikonur atop a Vostok-L 8K72 rocket on January 2, 1959, Luna-1 was intended to be a lunar impactor but because of a mistimed upper stage burn, it passed by the moon at a distance of 3725 miles before entering a heliocentric orbit. However, it did make major contributions by providing data on the earth's radiation belt, proving that the moon had no magnetic field, and observing that a solar wind streamed through interplanetary space. A "CCCP" medallion is mounted on the base. Very fine.

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    May, 2017
    19th Friday
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