Exploration Images

Vintage Soviet documentary about the Luna 9 moon landing (1966). Video caption, via Google Translate:

Moon 9 Tsentrnauchfilm 1966
February 3, 1966 automatic station “Luna-9” made soft landing near the western margin of the Ocean Storms in the vicinity of a point at 7 N, 64.5 E

Soviet newsreel clip about the Luna 9 moon probe, the first spacecraft to successfully land on the moon, in February 1966.

"One One Zero Zero" - Vintage 1966 film about the Surveyor I robotic lunar landing.

From June 1966, a General Dynamics film.

Film from the Atlas Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance. The Collection contains 3,000 reels of 16-millimeter film.

"Lunar Bridgehead" - Vintage 1964 NASA film about the Ranger 7 lunar impact probe.

Ranger VII image of the Moon, July 31st 1964, 50 years ago today.

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the Moon by a U.S. spacecraft, on 31 July 1964 at 13:09 UT (9:09 AM EDT) about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. 

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ranger VII image of the Moon, July 31st 1964, 50 years ago today.

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the Moon by a U.S. spacecraft, on 31 July 1964 at 13:09 UT (9:09 AM EDT) about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
SDO:  Lunar Transit, July 26th 2014

On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light. This image shows the blended result of two SDO wavelengths - one in 304 wavelength and another in 171 wavelength.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO

SDO: Lunar Transit, July 26th 2014

On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light. This image shows the blended result of two SDO wavelengths - one in 304 wavelength and another in 171 wavelength.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO
Space selfie by Kaguya, the Japanese lunar probe.  

Image of high-gain antenna deployment. The right side is the SOL-BC that is part of the X-ray spectrometer.

Image credit: JAXA

Space selfie by Kaguya, the Japanese lunar probe.

Image of high-gain antenna deployment. The right side is the SOL-BC that is part of the X-ray spectrometer.
Image credit: JAXA

Ranger VII: Lunar surface impact movie, July 31st 1964. The Ranger VII probe was the first fully successful US moon probe, and the first moon probe of any country to send back close up images of the lunar surface. It was launched July 28th 1964, 50 years ago today.

Yutu:  Undated photo of “Dragon Rock” on the moon, via China Space on FB
Yutu:  Undated photo of the lunar surface, via China Space on FB