Kosmos 111

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Kosmos 111
Luna 10 spacecraft. Kosmos 111 was probably similar in design.
Mission type Lunar orbiter
COSPAR ID 1966-017A
SATCAT no. 2093
Mission duration Launch failure
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type E-6S
Start of mission
Launch date March 1, 1966, 11:03:49 (1966-03-01UTC11:03:49Z) UTC
Rocket Molniya-M 8K78M
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
End of mission
Decay date March 3, 1966 (1966-03-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth

Kosmos 111 (Russian: Космос 111 meaning Cosmos 111) (E-6S series) was the first Soviet attempt to orbit a spacecraft around the Moon. The design was probably similar to the later successful Luna 10 spacecraft. It was launched on March 1, 1966. The mission was a failure. The Blok-L upper stage lost roll control and failed to send the spacecraft on a lunar trajectory. It re-entered the Earth's atmosphere two days later. The craft weighed 14,240lbs and was not immediately acknowledged to be a Luna-series vehicle after its destruction.[1]


  1. ^ Baker, David (1996). Spaceflight and Rocketry. New York NY: Facts on File, Inc. p. 191. ISBN 0-8160-1853-7. 

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Preceded by
Luna 9
Luna programme Succeeded by
Luna 10