Authentic  Russian Zond-6 Spacecraft Model
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This is a hand made resin and enamel  model of the Russian Zond-6 Lunar Fly-by spacecraft built by the
NPO Energia Company and launched in 1968.

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-6 was launched on November 10, 1968 by a Proton D-1 large carrier rocket. It's lunar mission was to perform a circumnavigation flight. This modified version of Soyuz three-men spacecraft carried not men, but biological specimens. The flight ended with a guided re-entry over the Soviet Union.

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-6 was launched as a lunar flyby mission from a parent satellite in earth parking orbit. The spacecraft, which carried scientific probes including cosmic-ray and micrometeoroid detectors, photography equipment, and a biological payload, was a precursor to manned spaceflight. The Zond-6 flew around the moon on November 14, 1968. Photographs of the lunar near and far side were obtained with panchromatic film. Each photo was 12.70 by 17.78 cm. Some of the views allowed for stereo pictures. The photos were taken from distances of approximately 11,000 km and 3300 km. Controlled reentry of the spacecraft occurred on November 17, 1968 and the Zond 6 landed in a predetermined region of the Soviet Union.
This photo was taken by the Zond-6. It is an image of the Moon, looking at Mare Orientale from the north.

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