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.

Be sure to also check out these Soviet Satellites, these ripoffs from the Bloc, and these USSR-designed computer systems.


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


Soviet LK Lunar Lander

2 N1 rockets on the launch pad


Soyuz 7K-L3

This formed the orbital portion of the Russian Moon program, In conjunction with the N1 Rocket and LK lander


Krechet Soviet moon suit

N1 compared to Saturn V moon rocket

The N1 is slightly smaller and was designed to carry a maximum payload of 90 tons vs 120 tons, but it had higher thrust.


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