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Lunar Exploration

Radio Programs

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

Moon and Planets Talking to other worlds May 3, 2018

Last Surveyor A final trip to the Moon 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

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