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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
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1973  Russia  6k

Lunokhod 2 roving over the lunar surface. It was carried to the surface aboard the Luna 21 lander. A star on the chart of the Moon behind marks its landing position.

SG 4159
1973  Russia  20k x 3

A pair of sheets depicting the trajectory of Luna 21 to the Moon, Lunokhod 2 on the surface, and an engineer driving it by remote control from Earth. The designs of the two sheets are identical; the only difference is their colour.        SG MS4160, MS4161
1976  Russia  10k

Luna 24 sample-return mission on the Moon, with commemorative pennant carried by the craft. This was Russia’s last Moon mission to date.

SG 4597
1978  Cuba  30c

Russia’s second lunar rover, Lunokhod 2, exploring the surface after it was delivered by the Luna 21 lander in January 1973.

SG 4159
1978  Cuba  2c

Luna 24, the final lunar sample-return mission, with its drill arm in the foreground extracting a core of soil.

SG 2444