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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

Background image:
The waning crescent Moon.
(European Southern Observatory)

Text © Ian Ridpath

These pages support Ian’s talk on Exploring the Moon
1959 Russia 40k

Luna 1 trajectory from Earth past the Moon. The trajectory of the rocket, the orbit of the Moon, and the positions of the Moon at time of launch and fly-past are indicated.

SG 2332
1959 Russia 40k

Symbolic representation of the trajectory of Luna 2 from the Earth to its impact on the Moon.

SG 2393
1959 Russia 40k

Realistic representation of the trajectory of Luna 2 from the Earth to the Moon.

SG 2394
1959 East Germany 20pf

Luna 2 impacts the Moon in the Palus Putredinis region of eastern Mare Imbrium. Here, the Moon is oriented with south at the top, as seen through an astronomical telescope.      SG E454
1959 Russia 40k

Ground tracks of Luna 1 over a period of three days following its launch. The launch site (Baikonur) is not accurately indicated as its location was still secret.

SG 2333
1959 Russia 40k

Trajectory of Luna 3 from Earth around the Moon and back again. The date of launch, 4 October 1959, is inscribed at the top. Strangely, this stamp was issued before the two stamps featuring its predecessor Luna 2 which are next on our list.

SG 2385
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1959 Hungary 60f

Luna 1 heading for the Moon (although it actually missed).
SG 1556
1959 Hungary 60f

The Luna 1 stamp (above) needed to be modified only slightly to commemorate the success of Luna 2. It was overprinted with the time of lunar impact.
SG 1605