A mission that was part of a test flight for the Soviet Union’s failed manned moon program was launched on this day in history.
Zond 7 was an unmanned mission launched by the Soviets on August 7th, 1969. Aside from being a test of the L1 program that was an attempt at a competitor to America’s Apollo, it would also take scientific data and photographs as it traveled to the moon and back to Earth.
It would be the only successful flight in the program, and the re-entry capsule successfully returned to Earth a week later. However, the Soviet L1 program would not ever launch a man into space, much less to the Moon.