Luna-1 - Space launch mission detailed information
2 JAN 1959
Soviet Space Program
Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Earth's Moon. Intended to be an impactor it was launched as part of the Soviet Luna programme. Due to an incorrectly timed upper stage burn during launch it missed the Moon.
The Vostok-L was a rocket used by the Soviet Union to conduct several early tests of the Vostok spacecraft