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Lunar Exploration Vehicles

Lunar Exploration Vehicles

July 1, 1976 – Permanent

Museum: Air and Space Museum

Location: 1st Floor, East Wing, Lunar Exploration Vehicles, Gallery 112

This gallery highlights NASA lunar surface exploration.

Highlights include:

  • Apollo Lunar Module: a duplicate of the spacecraft that carried astronauts to the surface of the moon in the Apollo Program, late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Surveyor Spacecraft: soft-landed on the moon to study lunar soil composition and physical properties of the lunar surface, 1966-68
  • Lunar Orbital Spacecraft: circled the moon to perform mapping of the entire lunar surface, 1966-67
  • Ranger: provided the first closeup photographs of the lunar surface, 1962-65
  • Clementine: designed for a two-month mapping mission in orbit around the moon in 1994. Clementine provided answers to many of the questions about the moon that remained from the Apollo era.

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