Space Programs

The Apollo Missions

How many lunar missions have there been?

Since 1958, more than sixty space vehicles have been launched toward the Moon. Most of them have been unpiloted. This includes spacecraft that have flown past the Moon; those that have gone into orbit around the Moon, sending information back to Earth for months or years; and those that have missed their target altogether and ended up orbiting the Sun. Some Moon-bound spacecraft have crash-landed on the lunar surface or descended to a soft landing, collecting soil samples and other scientific data. The most celebrated of all lunar vehicles have been the piloted Apollo missions.


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