Zond

[ zawnd ]
/ zɔnd /

noun

one of a series of Soviet space probes that photographed the moon and returned to earth.

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Origin of Zond

First recorded in 1964; from Russian: originally, “surgical probe,” from French sonde “plumb line”; z- perhaps due to German Sonde (from French ); see origin at sonde
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British Dictionary definitions for Zond

Zond
/ (zɒnd) /

noun

any of a series of unmanned Soviet spacecraft, first launched in 1964 as interplanetary space probes, the most successful of which, Zond 3, sent back photographs of the hidden side of the moon in 1965
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