|Mission type||Lunar flyby
|Launch date||20 October 1970
|Landing site||730 kilometres (450 mi) SE of the
Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean
|Mass||5,375 kilograms (11,850 lb)|
Zond 8, a formal member of the Soviet Zond program and unmanned version of Soyuz 7K-L1 manned Moon-flyby spacecraft, was launched from an Earth orbiting platform, Tyazheliy Sputnik (70-088B), towards the Moon.
The announced objectives of Zond 8 were investigations of the Moon and circumlunar space and testing of onboard systems and units. The spacecraft obtained photographs of Earth on 21 October from a distance of 64,480 km. The spacecraft transmitted flight images of Earth for three days. Zond 8 flew past the Moon on October 24, 1970, at a distance of 1110.4 km and obtained both black-and-white and color photographs of the lunar surface. Scientific measurements were also obtained during the flight.
This article was originally based on material from NASA (NSSDC) information on Zond 8
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