spacecraft. Kosmos 111 was probably similar in design.
|Mission type||Lunar orbiter|
|Mission duration||Launch failure|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||March 1, 1966, 11:03:49 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||March 3, 1966|
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.