Exploring the Moon
The first robot explorers
Exploring the Moon on stamps
The waning crescent Moon.
1966 East Germany 20pf
Luna 9, the first successful Moon lander, on the surface. The surrounding steep
hills are purely for artistic purposes, and in reality the Earth would have
been much higher in the sky.
1966 Hungary 2ft
Luna 9 descending to the surface of the Moon. The probe is shown firing
retro-rockets, which it did not in fact have. Luna 9 was actually attached to a
main bus which fired braking rockets and then ejected the lander sphere onto
1966 Hungary 3ft
Luna 9 transmitting data to Earth (shown low on the horizon for artistic
purposes) from the surface of the Moon.
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1969 Russia 10k
Stylized representation of Zond 5 looping behind the Moon and returning to
1969 Russia 50k x 2
A souvenir sheet commemorating the flights of Zond 6 and Zond 7 around the Moon
in 1968 and 1969. Zond 7 took pictures of the Earth and Moon, examples of which
are shown on the sheet.
1966 Vietnam (North) 12x
Luna 9 on its way to the Moon, apparently performing a mid-course correction
with its rockets.
1966 Vietnam (North) 50x
Luna 9 seen symbolically resting on the lunar surface.