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Lunar Exploration

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Luna 9, February 1966

First Landing February 3, 2016

Ranger 7 images of the Moon, July 31, 1964

Success at Last July 31, 2014

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter view on lunar north polar regions

Top o' the Moon March 19, 2014

China's Yutu rover on the Moon in an artist's concept

Lunar Returns December 14, 2013

LADEE launch, September 6, 2013

Moon Bound September 7, 2013

GRAIL map of lunar surface gravity

Lunar Lumpiness April 14, 2013

Lunar Orbiter view of Aristarchus crater

Bright Crater March 28, 2013

Gravitational map of the Moon compiled by the GRAIL mission

Lunar Attraction December 15, 2012

Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan drives his lunar rover

End of the Road December 10, 2012

Apollo 17 at the rim of Shorty Crater, December 1972

Back to the Moon(rocks) June 11, 2012

Artist's concept of GRAIL spacecraft measuring the Moon's gravitational field

Lunar Arrival December 30, 2011

2011 image of the Apollo 12 landing site, from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Still Standing September 9, 2011

Map of the Moon's gravitational field

Lunar Lumpiness September 6, 2011

Dust coats the spacesuit of Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan

Dirty Moonwalker June 22, 2011

Reiner Gamma, a prominent lunar swirl in the Ocean of Storms

Lunar Swirl January 12, 2011

Lunokhod image of its tracks on the lunar surface

Found It! November 15, 2010

Luna 16 diagram

To the Moon and Back September 24, 2010

Radio Programs

Luna 9 The first soft landing on the Moon February 3, 2016

Breaking Down Breaking down lunar soil December 13, 2015

Moon and Spica Dipping up water on the Moon April 3, 2015

Moon, Saturn, and Antares Heating up the Moon’s interior March 11, 2015

Moon and Regulus Settling the dust on the Moon February 3, 2015

Lunar Giant A giant scar on the Moon’s backside December 29, 2014

Moon and Companions Cracking the surface of the Moon December 10, 2014

Ranger 7 A successful crash in the Moon Race July 30, 2014

Moon and Regulus Busy times for the Moon February 13, 2014

Moon and Regulus Beating up the surface of the Moon December 21, 2013

Moon and Aldebaran Looking for a place to settle down December 14, 2013

Moon and Companions Growing fresh veggies on the Moon November 24, 2013

Moon and Antares Dusting off some moonrocks August 13, 2013

More Moon and Venus Stirring up some lunar dust August 9, 2013

Moon and Saturn A futuristic buggy race April 24, 2013

Moon and Jupiter Measuring the skin of the Moon April 13, 2013

More Moon and Regulus Protecting some lunar monuments March 23, 2013

Lunar Returns The continued exploration of the Moon December 10, 2012

Apollo 17 A busy three days on the Moon December 9, 2012

More Moon and Companions A grand era of exploration December 8, 2012

Lunar Secrets New secrets from old moonrocks June 11, 2012

Moon, Mars, and Regulus Dark ice at the Moon’s poles May 27, 2012

Moon and Mars Crowded skies above the Moon April 30, 2012

Ranger 4 Slamming into the far side of the Moon April 25, 2012

Moon and Taurus Snapping the universe -- from the Moon April 22, 2012

Apollo 16 Fun and science on the lunar surface April 20, 2012

Moon and Venus Encapsulating a bit of the Moon February 24, 2012

Lunar Arrival An unusual way to greet the new year December 29, 2011

Moon and Mars Strolling on alien worlds October 19, 2011

Hunter’s Moon Giving the Moon a two-faced appearance October 10, 2011

ARTEMIS Teaching old spacecraft new tricks September 18, 2011

GRAIL Playing follow-the-leader September 6, 2011

Lumpy Moon Measuring the Moon’s “lumpiness” September 5, 2011

Moon and Antares Kicking the Moon in the name of science September 2, 2011

Making Moondust II Keeping out the moondust June 22, 2011

Making Moondust A bit of the Moon right here on Earth June 21, 2011

Apollo 14 Giving the Moon a big whack February 3, 2011