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1959 -Luna 2 - the 1st Man made object to reach the moon The Soviet Union performed the first moon landing in 1959 by crashing the Luna 2 spacecraft at high speed onto the lunar surface, a feat duplicated in 1962 by the Americans with Ranger 4. During the time of the Cold War, such contests to be the first on the Moon with a particular capability was one of the most visible facets[citation needed] of the Space Race.Paige Conrad

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