[FPSPACE] Luna or Lunik?
paolo.ulivi at tiscali.it
Sun Apr 9 15:19:13 EDT 2006
Dmitry Pieson wrote:
> > The name Lunik was a Western invention, which continued with
>>Venera 1 being called Venusik.
>I believe that is not right. As opposite to Venusnik and Shuttleski, Lunnik
>(two 'l's in original Russian word) is indigene. It's original Russian
>unofficial name for the Luna spacecraft. After a quick search, I found
>mention of 'Lunnik-2' in Znaniya-Sila popular science magazine of 1959.
You are definitely right! A quick look in a 1960 English booklet by
Novosti on "Soviet Moon Rockets" revealed that it uses both the "2nd
Cosmic Rocket" name and "Lunik 2"
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