Lunniy Korabl (LK) Spacecraft
Advanced Lunar Landing Program
National Air & Space Museum photo showing LK spacecraft in foreground
and, behind and to the right, a mockup of the planned follow on advanced
LK-GB spacecraft (the white, double dome-shaped object). Designated
L-3M, this program would have utilized a 24 metric ton lander called GB-2
which could have delivered a multi-man crew to the lunar surface for stays
as long as 2 weeks, depending on crew size.
The L3-M program was envisioned
for launch around the late 70's - early 80's. It was an ambitious
project which (had it ever been developed) would have overshadowed the
Apollo program in it's efforts to begin true lunar exploration and development
of colonization of the moon.
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