Authentic  Russian Zond-8 Spacecraft Model
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This is a hand made resin and enamel  model of the Russian Zond-8 Lunar Fly-by spacecraft built by the
NPO Energia Company.

It is an authentic piece
of Russian Space History.

    This is one of only a few that were custom made for the Energia Space Corporation. The Zond-8 was launched on October 20, 1970 by a heavy lift, 4-stage Proton carrier rocket. It's mission was in preparation for a manned mission to the Moon. It successfully landed (after 7 days of experiments) in the Indian ocean.

The model
has hundreds of
miniscule details
and is the result of
several months of work.

    The Zond spacecraft is essentially a souped-up Soyuz vehicle without the round Orbital Module at the front.  A collar was added in it's place to allow for the mounting of a high gain antenna and attachment of the spacecraft to the launch shroud.

    The Zond-8 was launched from an Earth orbiting platform, Tyazheliy Sputnik, towards the Moon. The announced objectives were investigations of the Moon and circumlunar space and testing of onboard systems and units. The spacecraft obtained photographs of the Earth on October 21 from a distance of 64,480 kilometers (40,070 miles). The spacecraft transmitted flight images of the earth for three days. Zond-8 flew past the Moon on October 24, 1970, at a distance of 1,110.4 kilometers (690 miles) and obtained both black and white and color photographs of the lunar surface. Scientific measurements were also obtained during the flight.

This photo was taken by the Zond-8. It shows a view of the earth rising over Mare Smythii on the moon.

The Zond-8 reentered the Earth's atmosphere and splashed down in the Indian Ocean on October 27, 1970.

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