Rare view of suited cosmonaut in the interior of the LK Interior during landing training. The cosmonaut had a viewing angle to the surface through the main window of 7 degrees from the vertical. A collimator indicated the predicted LK landing point.
Credit: RKK Energia
A story made the rounds of ESA in 2000 of two Russian cosmonauts that died in an attempt to reach the moon in their spacecraft (1969). They were supposed to land on the moon, but due to some system malfunction they failed to get into lunar orbit and therefore passed the moon.
The source of this story was undoubtedly the television series 'The Cape'. The episode 'Buried in Peace' first aired on 28 October 1996. In the story, a shuttle crew on a mission to repair a communications satellite encounters a derelict Soviet spacecraft with a dead crew - the result of a secret attempt to send a manned mission to the moon 30 years earlier, and before the United States. Tom Nowicki played Major Andrei Mikoyan in the story.