While the Saturn V made headlines shuttling American astronauts to the moon, the Soviet N1 rocket was made famous for a slightly different reason—when it blew up on takeoff it resulted in the largest, non-nuclear, man-made explosion of all time. This week's Oobject showcases the N1 and 11 other pieces of Soviet Moon tech used in the USSR's failed moon shot.
One of the 5 remaining LK landers
N-1 base showing the 30 NK-15 engines. Note the people in the background for the massive scale.
N1 preparation and launch video
Soviet N1 moon rocket exploding
N1 NK-33 engine, still used today. The only bit of the N1 program to survive was the NK-33 engine, which have been tested for use today, by Orbital Sciences, the company that formerly owned the satellite mapping system now used by Google Maps.
Parts of the N1 in a Baikonur childrens playground