Exploring the Moon
The first robot explorers
Exploring the Moon on stamps
The waning crescent Moon.
1959 Mongolia 30m
A fanciful representation of Luna 3 being launched to the Moon. The design of
the rocket is entirely imaginary, as no pictures of actual Russian space
launchers had been released at the time.
1959 Mongolia 50m
Luna 3 with a crude representation of the far side of the Moon based on Luna 3’s pictures.
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1959 Romania 1.60l
Luna 3’s view of the lunar farside, annotated with names of features in Romanian and
Russian. This is the best representation of the Luna 3 picture on a stamp.
1959 Romania 1.75l
Diagram of Luna 3’s trajectory around the Moon and back around the Earth.
1960 Russia 40k
Luna 3 photographing the far side of the Moon.
1960 Russia 60k
Annotated map of the far side of the Moon, based on Luna 3’s pictures.
1960 China 8f
Commemoration of the Soviet Luna 2, the first craft to hit the Moon. It carried
a plaque with the Soviet coat of arms.
1960 China 10f
Commemoration of the flight of the Soviet Luna 3 to photograph the far side of