In doing research for THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES trilogy, I keep running across space facts and history that I think are just neat. Most of the details of what happened to Russia’s quest to land a man on the moon came out after Glasnost, but by then not a whole lot of Americans cared.
The video below has a nice summary, but I’ll summarize that. The Russians had some personnel problems, but it was the rocket design that really did them in. Having multiple rockets can simply ruin your launch when one of the engines or fuel pumps shuts down.
The upshot given at the end about what happened to the Russian engines made my jaw drop a little, but it’s a geeky thing. I’m just weird that way about space.