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MAJOR NASA LUNAR PROBES HISTORY
Series of five lunar flights, only Pioneer 4 was successful, 1958-1959.
Series of hardware and imaging flights to Moon.
Photos from the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
and the Ranger history by R. Cargill Hall:
Lunar Impact: A History of Project Ranger.
NASA SP-4210, 1977.
Series of softlander flights to the Moon.
"Surveyors to the Moon" site at JPL.
Series of imaging missions to Moon.
More Lunar Orbiter:
Lunar and Planetary Institute site
and the Lunar Orbiter history by Bruce Byers:
Destination Moon: A History of the Lunar Orbiter Program.
More Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter:
Unmanned Space Project Management: Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter.
(NASA SP-4901, 1972) by Erasmus H. Kloman.
: A cooperative DOD/NASA lunar mapping mission.
: Mapping mission to Jupiter, also imaged Moon and asteroids, 1989-present.
Lunar Prospector: Mapping of surface composition and possible polar ice deposits --
Lunar Prospector page at NSSDC
Lunar Prospector page at Ames Research Center
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: A mapping mission to determine future landing sites
-- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter page at NSSDC
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter home page
The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS): Designed to search for water on the Moon
-- LCROSS page at NSSDC
LCROSS home page
LUNAR CHRONOLOGIES AND TIMELINES
Lunar Exploration Timeline
"The Moon" page -- Has a section on
Missions to the Moon.
This chronology by Asif Siddiqi covers lunar as well as planetary probes:
Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes 1958-2000.
Monograph in Aerospace History, No. 24, 2002 (NASA SP-2002-4524).
Researching NASA History
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Last Updated: May 4, 2010
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