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Trailblazer is a mockup of an American, commercial lunar orbiter that was launched from Baikonur by a Dnepr rocket at 17:00 UT on December 2002, for testing the viability of the craft for orbiting the Moon. (Dnepr is a converted SS-18 ICBM.) If successful, these Lunar orbiters (and landers) will be launched in late 2003 through 2005. The company that sponsored the satellite "believes that there is a commercial demand for sending personal items, and burial ashes to the Moon".

Alternate Names

  • 27609

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-12-20
Launch Vehicle: Dnepr
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 420 kg


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Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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