Every Single Moon Mission Captured in One Chart

July 19, 2019 By IdeaConnection

Moon MissionUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few days, you'll know that it's the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed two men on the moon.

To commemorate the momentous event Time has published a chart that covers every single mission to our satellite.

You can access the chart here, which starts with Pioneer 0 in 1958, a failed mission that was meant to send a probe in orbit around the moon.

Among the highlights, in addition to the first person to walk on the moon are:

1959: Luna 3 spacecraft sending back photos of the moon’s never-before-seen far side.

1966: Luna 9 spacecraft’s gentle touchdown proves that landers will not sink into the lunar dust.

1990: The Japanese orbiter Hiten maps the entire lunar surface in exceptional detail.

2018:  With the Chang’4 robotic space mission, China lands the first rover on the far side of the moon.

Moon News

And in current news about the moon, NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have decided how the first lunar outpost will orbit the moon. They have selected a near-rectilinear halo orbit which will make it easy for astronauts to launch missions to get to the lunar surface and for the outpost to receive supplies from Earth.

At is closest, the Space Gateway will pass 3,000 kilometers from the lunar surface and at its furthest, 70,000 kilometers.

The Gateway is scheduled for completion by the middle of the 2020s. For more information about the project click here.



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