50 Years Ago: Humanity’s ‘First Lunar Orbiter Was Programmed to Sing Communist Anthems’
But before the US ultimately overtook the USSR with the Apollo program, the Luna program scored a few more important “firsts” with Luna 9 and 10. In contrast to the program’s years of ill-fated soft-landing attempts, Luna 10 was only the Soviets’ second shot at placing a satellite into lunar orbit. This achievement helped to counteract the dizzying freefall of the Luna program over the preceding five years, and helped to somewhat recover its reputation and image worldwide.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.