Lunar Exploration Vehicles
July 1, 1976 – Permanent
Air and Space Museum
601 Independence Ave., SW
Location: 1st Floor, East Wing, Lunar Exploration Vehicles, Gallery 112
This gallery highlights NASA lunar surface exploration.
- 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.