Authentic  Russian Zond-3 Spacecraft Model
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This is a hand made resin and enamel  model of the Russian Zond-3 Lunar Fly-by spacecraft built by the
NPO Energia Company and launched in 1965.

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-3 was launched by a large Proton carrier rocket into solar orbit on July 18, 1965. It's mission was to do a fly-by of the Moon and take pictures of the remaining portions of the Moon's far side not sent by the Luna-3 spacecraft. Of 28 pictures taken, 23 contained images of the lunar surface, three of them in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum. These pictures, combined with those of Luna-3, left only 5 per cent of the far side of the Moon not seen.

The model
has hundreds of miniscule details and is the result of several months of work by skilled craftsmen in Russia.

    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-3 was launched from a Tyazheliy Sputnik earth orbiting platform towards the moon and interplanetary space. The spacecraft was equipped with an f106 mm camera and a TV system that provided automatic in-flight film processing. A lunar flyby occurred approximately 33 hours after launch at a closest approach of 9200 km. 
Altogether 25 pictures of very good quality were taken of the lunar far side from distances of 11,570 to 9960 km over a period of 68 minutes. The photos covered 19,000,000 square km of the lunar surface. Photo transmissions by facsimile were returned to earth from a distance of 2,200,000 km and were retransmitted from a distance of 31,500,000 km (some signals still being transmitted from the distance of the orbit of Mars), thus proving the ability of the communications system. After the lunar flyby, the Zond-3 continued space exploration in a heliocentric orbit.

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