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How to Steal a Soviet Lunar Probe

By Will Smith

It isn't Mission Impossible, but the CIA staged a daring mission to study a Soviet lunar probe in the late 60s.

In the mid-60s, the Soviet Union staged an international exhibition to showcase the achievements of Communism to westerners. Included in the exhibition was a never-flown, production version of one of the USSR's Luna moon probes. This io9 article details the caper, but The National Security Archive has a declassified version of the original report as well as several other fascinating declassified documents, including details about the Navy's attempts to use the Moon for untraceable communication.