Spacecraft on the Moon, lunar map

Spacecraft on the Moon, lunar map

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spacecraft on the Moon. Map showing coloured markers for 34 spacecraft that impacted or landed on the Moon from the 1960s onwards. The spacecraft are: Ranger 7-9 (1964 to 1965, NASA, white), Luna 5, 7-9, 13, 15-18, 20-21, 23-24 (1965 to 1976, Soviet Union, red), Surveyor 1-7 (1966 to 1968, NASA, green), Lunar Orbiter 1-3 (1966 to 1967, NASA, black), Apollo 11-12, 14-17 (1969 to 1972, NASA, blue), Lunar Prospector (1999, NASA, pink) and SMART-1 (2006, ESA, white). All except the Apollo landers were unmanned probes. Luna 2 (1959) was the first man-made object to reach the surface of the Moon.

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