How the CIA “Borrowed” the Propulsion Stage of Early Soviet Lunar Probes

America’s lag in space race led to “Mission Impossible”-style feat

Image from September 1961 internal CIA journal (cia.gov)

OOctober 4, 1957, the day the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite, kicked off the “Space Race.” The United States managed to launch a satellite in February 1958, but it was losing the race. On January 2, 1959, that became…

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com