In year 2009 marks half a century from the time when humans began a detailed study of the Moon. For long 50 years, many different countries, a large number of research programs. In this collection you will find pictures of the lunar surface made since 1959 and are listed in chronological order.
1. Detailed exploration of the Moon - the only natural satellite of the Earth - began in 1959, when the Soviet Union launched his ship "Moon 1". Their example was quickly followed by NASA. Since then, the Europeans, Japan, China and India have launched their research programs at the moon. In this picture shows the moon as seen from the International Space Station. We offer you 11 more shots of the moon, made over the last 50 years. (NASA)