Lunar Exploration Vehicles

July 1, 1976 – Permanent

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Wing, Lunar Exploration Vehicles, Gallery 112 Floor Plan

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.