Exploration of the Moon

Timeline of Lunar Exploration

Timeline of Human Lunar Exploration


Exploration of the Moon has been a passion of humanity for such a long time.   The Moon itself outdates humanity and is much older than some scientists believe!  Recent Research from a Team at UCLA focussed on precise analysis of zircons bought to Earth by the Apollo 14 Astronauts.  In this instance they revealed that based on their research the Moon is at least 4.51 billion years old.  With this in mind the Moon probably formed 60 million years after the birth of the solar system.  As such this is also 40 to 140 million years earlier than had been recently thought.

1000 BC / BCE

An Ancient Greek called Anaxagoras realized that the Moon does not shine with its own light. Instead, its light is reflected from the Sun.   He also reasoned that they could both be giant rocks in the sky.

428 BC

We found the earliest depiction of the cosmos: a bronze disc inlaid with gold symbols of the Sun, Moon, and stars including the Pleiades cluster (found buried 428 AD)

For the next 1000 YEARS apparently our knowledge about the Moon and of space seemed to stagnate

Very few historically significant philosophy or ideas were brought forward until about the 15th Century, when our knowledge began to pick up pace.

Anno Domini / CE


Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made the first telescopic observation of the moon


Michael Florent van Langren made the first map of the moon.


Roger Joseph Boscovich proved the moon has no atmosphere


Franz von Gruithuisen thought craters were formed by meteor strikes.


Robert Goddard suggested sending rockets to the moon.


President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.


Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 made the first soft landing on the moon.


NASA’s Lunar Orbiter missions completed photographic mapping of the moon.


APOLLO 11 made the first landing on the moon and returned samples.


Apollo 17 made the last manned landing of the Apollo Program


Soviet Luna 24 returned the last sample to be returned from the moon (to date)


NASA’s Galileo spacecraft obtained multispectral images of the western limb and part of the far side of the moon.


NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission launched.


NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched THE FIRST COMMERCIAL MISSION TO THE MOON


Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos both made individual flights into Space using different methods.  Paving the way for space tourism


NASA Artemis program.

 NASA will land the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.   This is in collaboration with commercial and international partners to establish sustainable exploration for the very first time.

Exploration of the Moon is ongoing and we will update this document as we progress.

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