on the front page. Just 3 months after the Apollo 1 fire that killed the 3 US Astronauts, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first human killed in space aboard Soyuz 1. This program was going to be the "Soviet Apollo Program" to send Cosmonauts to the moon.
The spacecraft and program was not able to be engineered to get out of Earth orbit before the Apollo 11 mission. The Soviets realize this and saw the successful progress of the Apollo Program. That's why resources were quickly funneled into the moon probe (Luna 15) that was launched 3 days before Apollo 11 and would have collected lunar samples and returned them to Earth before the US Astronauts re-entry. Not surprisingly... it crashed on the moon during landing and nothing was mentioned.
the exact nature of the mission wasn't known until 2009, but the Soviet Union published Luna 15's flight plan to ensure it would not collide with Apollo 11, though its exact mission was unknown.
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