On this day in 1959 - January 2nd - the Soviet Union's Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's gravitational field.

Luna 1 passed to within 6000 km of the Moon, and ended up in orbit around the Sun.


Last edited by Mona - Astronomy; 01/02/18 06:27 PM.

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