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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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1964  Hungary  30f

Luna 3 photographing the far side of the Moon. This is part of a set of eight stamps featuring Soviet and US space activities.

SG 1963
1966  Russia  6k

Trajectory of Luna 10 from Earth into orbit around the Moon.

SG 3315
1966  Russia  6k

Symbolic representation of Luna 11’s arrival in orbit around the Moon. No pictures of Luna 11 were released at the time.

SG 3317
1966  Russia  10k x 3

A strip of three stamps showing the flight of Luna 9 to land on the Moon, the Soviet coat of arms, and the probe on the lunar surface with a view of its surroundings.

SG 3363, 3364, 3365
1961 Czechoslovakia 60h

Luna 1, intended to hit the Moon but which missed and became instead an artificial asteroid orbiting the Sun.

SG 1212
1961 Czechoslovakia 1.60k

An elegant engraving of Luna 3, with a somewhat stylized view of the far side of the Moon

SG 1213
1965 Romania 1 l

Ranger 7, the first successful US Moon probe. Also reissued with an overprint commemorating Ranger 9.

SG 3240