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Exploring the Moon
on stamps
The first robot explorers

Landers and orbiters 1

Landers and orbiters 2

Sample returns and lunar rovers

Map of lunar landings

Table of Moon probes

Apollo to the Moon!

Meeting the challenge

Repeating the feat

Driving on the Moon

Heading for the hills

Apollo lunar mission chronology

Russia’s secret manned Moon programme

What did we learn from Apollo?

Lunar exploration since Apollo

The international Moon fleet

Exploring the Apollo landing sites 1

Exploring the Apollo landing sites 2

Exploring the Moon on stamps
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Background image:
The waning crescent Moon.
(European Southern Observatory)

Text © Ian Ridpath

These pages support Ian’s talk on Exploring the 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.
SG 178
1959 Mongolia 50m

Luna 3 with a crude representation of the far side of the Moon based on Luna 3’s pictures.
SG 179
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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.
SG 2694
1959 Romania 1.75l

Diagram of Luna 3’s trajectory around the Moon and back around the Earth.

SG 2695
1960 Russia 40k

Luna 3 photographing the far side of the Moon.

SG 2431
1960 Russia 60k

Annotated map of the far side of the Moon, based on Luna 3’s pictures.

SG 2432
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.

SG 1907
1960  China  10f

Commemoration of the flight of the Soviet Luna 3 to photograph the far side of the Moon.

SG 1908