Zond

Zond

[zawnd]
noun
one of a series of Soviet space probes that photographed the moon and returned to earth.

Origin:
1964; < Russian: orig., surgical probe < French sonde sonde; z- perhaps due to German Sonde (< F)

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Zond (zɒnd)
 
n
any of a series of unmanned Soviet spacecraft, first launched in 1964 as interplanetary space probes, the most successful of which, Zond 3, sent back photographs of the hidden side of the moon in 1965

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