Since 1969, has there ever been a successful moon landing?
#88666. Asked by thegogga. (Nov 17 07 8:52 PM)
Six NASA manned missions landed on the Moon:|
Apollo 11 - July 1969 (N. Armzstrong, E. Aldrin)
Apollo 12 - November 1969 (C. Conrad, A. Bean)
Apollo 14 - February 1971 (A. Shepard, E. Mitchell)
Apollo 15 - July 1971 (D. Scott, J. Irwin)
Apollo 16 - April 1972 (J. Young, C. Duke)
Apollo 17 - December 1972 (E. Cernan, H. Schmitt)
While I only mentioned the names of the 12 people who walked on the lunar surface, there were 12 more people who saw the far side of the Moon, six of whom accompanied the 12 who landed as the command module pilots of their respective missions. Apollo 13 was scheduled to bring J. Lovell and F. Haise to the lunar surface in April 1970, but the landing was canceled due to a mechanical failure while the crew was on its way to the Moon.
Besides the manned Apollo missions, both the US and the former USSR had launched unmanned probes to the lunar surface, some of which were returned to Earth with lunar material. One US probe that landed on the Moon had some parts extracted and returned to Earth on a manned mission (Apollo 12 took back the telephoto lens of Surveyor III).
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