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Today's Moon


Missions to Moon - Explorer-49

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Explorer | image: http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov

Country : USA
Research Org : NASA
Mission launch : First Moon Mission Launched 1966
Explorer-33 : Launch 07.01.66: Contact Lost 09.21.71
Explorer-35 : Launch 07.19.67: Spacecraft Shutdown 06.24.73
Explorer-49 : Launch 06.10.73: Last Contact Aug 1977


Explorer 49 was the last U.S. mission to the Moon for 21 years. The next American lunar spacecraft was 1994's Clementine mission.

Explorer 49 was also the largest spacecraft to enter lunar orbit. The spacecraft's main mission was radio astronomy. Using a set of giant antennas, the spacecraft took measurements of the planets, our Sun and beyond. The mission ended in June 1975.



Last Updated ( Friday, 11 September 2009 07:23 )