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Lunar Exploration

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More Apollo 12 A precision landing on the Moon November 19, 2019

Moon and Regulus Getting down and dirty on the Moon November 18, 2019

Apollo 12 A “striking” trip to the Moon November 14, 2019

Moon and Aldebaran The tough work of landing on the Moon November 13, 2019

New Explorers Jamming up the space lanes September 3, 2019

Future Steps Past and future steps on the Moon July 24, 2019

Learning Secrets Tapping into the secrets of the Moon July 23, 2019

Lunar Laser Aiming a laser pointer at the Moon July 22, 2019

One Giant Leap One priceless moment on the Moon July 21, 2019

Touchdown! All the way to the Moon July 20, 2019

Cold Calculations Calculating a path to the Moon July 19, 2019

Staying Safe Staying safe on a trip to the Moon July 18, 2019

A New Goal A high goal for the space program July 17, 2019

LRO Sharp eyes on the Moon June 23, 2019

John Houbolt Taking two spacecraft to the Moon April 10, 2019

Moon and Mars Digging the Moon and Mars March 10, 2019

Moon and Spica A low-key trip to the Moon January 25, 2019

Moon and Aldebaran Filling up holes in the Moon January 16, 2019

More Apollo 8 A big show from lunar orbit December 24, 2018

Apollo 8 A bold step toward the Moon December 23, 2018

Moon Goddesses Chinese goddesses at the Moon December 1, 2018

More Moon and Saturn Cool water on the Moon November 11, 2018

Zond 5 Some odd lunar travelers September 21, 2018

Moon and Venus Shaking up the lunar surface September 11, 2018

Moon and Companions The Moon’s “lumpy” gravity June 22, 2018

Moon and Planets Talking to other worlds May 3, 2018

X-Ray Astronomy III Heating up a pancake January 9, 2018

Moon and Companions Gassing up a lunar atmosphere December 13, 2017

Moon and Companions Preparing for future journeys August 1, 2017

Lunar Orbiter 1 Mapping the surface of the Moon August 18, 2016

Surveyor 1 A lunar lander that didn’t sink from sight June 2, 2016

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

Featured Images

Highlights from Apollo 12

Back to the Moon November 19, 2019

A Striking Launch November 14, 2019

LRO view of Chang'e-4 and Yutu

On the Moon November 13, 2019

Chandrayaan 2 view of lunar north polar region

Missed Landing September 6, 2019

New Explorers September 3, 2019

One concept for lunar Gateway

Lunar Outpost July 24, 2019

McDonald

Shooting the Moon July 22, 2019

Buzz Aldrin poses with the American flag on the Moon, July 20, 1969

A Priceless Moment July 21, 2019

Apollo 11's lunar module lands on the Moon

Heading for a Touchdown July 19, 2019

Apollo 11 liftoff

Taking Aim (Part 2) July 16, 2019

Radio observatory on the Moon

Looking Deep May 21, 2019

Hayabusa 2 on Ryugu; Beresheet heads for the Moon

Space Shots February 22, 2019

Hidden Moon January 16, 2019

Yutu, a small rover, rolls away from Chang'e 4

Far Away January 4, 2019

Reservation for a flight to the Moon

Ready to Ride December 25, 2018

Earthrise over the Moon

Blue Marble December 24, 2018

gravity map of a portion of the Moon

Lumpy Moon June 22, 2018

A panorama of the landing site around Surveyor 7

Last Surveyor January 9, 2018

Apollo 16 image of the lunar farside

Far Moon July 2, 2017

Lunar Orbiter 1 views of Earthrise over the Moon

First Earthrise August 18, 2016

Surveying the Moon June 2, 2016

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