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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
1984 Russia 5k

Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Luna 3’s photographs of the far side of the Moon.

SG 5487
1989  Hungary  20ft

A mini sheet commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The stamp depicts an astronaut’s bootprint (actually that of Buzz Aldrin) and the American flag, while on the surrounding sheet Aldrin is seen saluting the flag.

SG MS3910
1989  Poland  100z

A stamp and mini sheet issued for the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The design shows the famous image of Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface, with the Lunar Module and Earth in the background.

SG 3224 and MS3225
1989 Russia 15k

Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Luna 1, the first Russian Moon probe.

SG 5964
1989  USA  $2.40

This stamp, showing two astronauts planting the American flag on the Moon, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. It was issued on 1989 July 20, twenty years to the day after the Eagle landed.

SG 2403
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1984  Bulgaria  1l

A souvenir sheet issued 25 years after Luna 3 first photographed the Moon’s far side. The stamp features the photographic map of the far side made by Luna 3. Next to it are three sketches labelled Luna 1, Luna 2 and Luna 3.
SG MS3182
1984  Cuba  1p

A sheetlet containing a stamp depicting Luna 1 passing the Moon, issued shortly after the 25th anniversary.
SG MS3006