Used Spacecraft Lot Needed On Moon
|Luna 2||Small spherical craft with sensors||Poor (Crash-landed)||1959|
|Ranger 4||5' high sensor platform w/failed solar panels||Poor (Crash-landed)||1962|
|Rangers 6-9||#6 arrived but failed; others deployed sending photos||Poor (Crash-landed)||1964-5|
|Luna 5,7,8||Sensor platforms with retro-rockets attempt soft landings||Poor (Crash-landed)||1965|
|Luna 9||Spherical sensor platform with cameras makes successful soft-landing, sends back photos||Excellent (dead battery)||1966|
|Surveyor 1-7||Sensor platform w/solar panels, soil analysis
(some vandalism on #3 by Pete Conrad - camera missing)
|Excellent (#3 checked by Apollo crew 1969)||1966-68|
|Luna 10-12||Satellites with MP3 capability (transmitted "Internationale") orbited moon||Poor (Crash-landed)||1966-68|
|Luna 13||Achieved soft-landing; excellent cameras, detailed soil analysis||Excellent (battery dead)||1966|
|Lunar Orbiter 1-5||Satellites w/solar panels and dish antennae, excellent cameras and 70 mm film processing||Poor (Crash-landed)||1966-67|
|Explorer 35||Satellite with sensors; switched off 1972||Poor (Crash-landed)||1967|
|Apollo 10-17||Lunar lander descent stages; some missions left behind retroflectors for lunar ranging.
[except for #13, which never got there, and #10, which crashed]
|Apollo 10-17||Lunar lander ascent stages, which fell back onto the moon.
[except for #13, which never got there.]
|Apollo 15-17||Lunar Roving Vehicles (style: dune buggy) in good shape, low mileage||Good||1971-72|
|Luna 15||Platform-style unmanned lander intended to bring back samples||Poor (Crash-landed)||1969|
|Lunokhod 1||Robotic lunar rover with cameras teleoperated from Earth; low mileage||Good||1970|
|Lunokhod 2||Robotic lunar rover with upgrades also equipped with laser-ranging reflector||Good||1973|
|Luna 23,24||Platform-style craft left descent stages||Good||1974|
|Hiten/ Hagoromo||Satellite lunar probes||Poor (Crash-landed)||1990|
|Lunar Prospector||Sensor-laden craft intended to locate lunar water||Poor (Crash-landed)||1998|
|Smart-1||Satellite with unique Hall effect ion-thruster||Poor (Crash-landed)||2006|
Science fiction writers have already explored the idea of a used spacecraft lot on the Moon. In his 1941 novel Methuselah's Children, Robert Heinlein describes it this way:
...Despite efforts to make the Moon colony ecologically self-sufficient, Luna City still imported vastly more tonnage than she exported. On Earth this would have resulted in "empties coming back"; in space transport it was sometimes cheaper to let empties accumulate, especially on Luna where an empty freighter was worth more as metal than it had cost originally as a ship back Earthside.
They suited up and left the dome by North Tunnel, then strolled along the grounded ships in the long, easy strides of low gravity...
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