In the 1960s and 1970s the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a battle for ideological and military supremacy. It was a battle fought on land, sea and space. Two opposing economic and political philosophies were engaged in a contest to win the hearts and minds of the world’s people. And, nowhere was the competition more fierce then the race for the moon. It was a race that the U.S. would eventually win. But the Soviets had one spectacular success. A success nearly forgot by history, until now.
Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the documentary “Tank on the Moon”. This documentary film concerns the development, launch, and operation of the Soviet Moon exploration rovers, Lunokhod 1 and Lunokhod 2 in the period from 1970 to 1973. The film uses historical footage from American, Russian and French archives.