American Lunar Exploration

  • Pioneer 4

    Pioneer 4
    Pioneer 4 was a spacecraft established as part of the Pioneer Program. As you can tell, it is cone shaped and consisted of fiberglass shell. It is the first U.S. probe to endure through Earth's gravity.
  • Ranger 1

    Ranger 1
    Ranger 1 is a spacecraft in the Ranger Program. It's mission was to examine the availability of obtaining the fuctions and materials needed for proposing missions into space. It was also used to study particles in nature and aspects of space.
  • Surveyor 1

    Surveyor 1
    This was the first lunar soft lander in the U.S. It was used to provide information about lunar surfaces that would soon benefit the landing of Apollo. It occured 4 months after the Soviets landed Luna 9 probe.
  • Lunar Orbiter 1

    Lunar Orbiter 1
    This robotic spacecraft was made to take pictures of smooth areas of surface in space. It was used to find a safe place for landing on the moon. It was also there to collect selenodetic.
  • Explorer 35 (IMP-E)

    Explorer 35 (IMP-E)
    It was a spin-stablized spacecraft for interplanetary studies. It was able to used plasma magnetic field, energetic particles, and solar xrays. The spin was 90 degrees with the ecliptic plane.
  • Surveyor 7

    Surveyor 7
    It is the seventh and last lunar lander. It took a total of 21, 091 pictures for the Earth. It's major contractors was Hudges Aircraft.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Landed the first human on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Edwin Aldrin was also landed on the moon. This was an immense accomplishment for the U.S.
  • Apollo 15

    Apollo 15
    This was the ninth mission. The commander was David Scott. He and his crew spent 3 days on the moon and almost 20 hours outside the spacecraft.
  • Apollo 17

    Apollo 17
    This was the 11th and last mission for the space program. It is the 6th Apollo landing and the first night launch for the US. It was a final manned launch of a Saturn V rocket.
  • Explorer 49 (RAE-B)

    Explorer 49 (RAE-B)
    It was launched for longwave radio astronomy research. It was the second pair of Radio Astronomy. It was operated by NASA.
  • Clementine

    It is called the Deep Sapce Program Science Experiment. It called on board 7 experiments. It is a satellite of the moon.
  • AsiaSat 3/HGS-1

    AsiaSat 3/HGS-1
    It is also known was the HGS-1. It's major contractors are Hudges and ILS. It is use for communcation wise missions.
  • Lunar Prospector

    Lunar Prospector
    This was the third of NASA's. Date from the missions was used for construction of a map of the surface of the moon. Several was published in the journal science.
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
    This changed the view of the moon forever. Brought it into sharper focus for scientist. Delievered more then 200 data base information.

    It was made to search for water on the moon. It was sent at a high speed to crach and cause a crator in the moons surface. This impact release materials that were known was hydrated minearals.
  • Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

    Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)
    It is schedule to launch this year. Science will use the gravity field to dicover more about the moon surface. It will be launch on a single vehicle.