Spacecraft on the Moon, lunar map
Spacecraft on the Moon. Map showing coloured markers for 34 spacecraft that impacted or landed on the Moon from the 1960s onwards. The spacecraft are: Ranger 7-9 (1964 to 1965, NASA, white), Luna 5, 7-9, 13, 15-18, 20-21, 23-24 (1965 to 1976, Soviet Union, red), Surveyor 1-7 (1966 to 1968, NASA, green), Lunar Orbiter 1-3 (1966 to 1967, NASA, black), Apollo 11-12, 14-17 (1969 to 1972, NASA, blue), Lunar Prospector (1999, NASA, pink) and SMART-1 (2006, ESA, white). All except the Apollo landers were unmanned probes. Luna 2 (1959) was the first man-made object to reach the surface of the Moon.
© Detlev van Ravenswaay
A400M Beach Landings
Pictured is an RAF A400M Atlas transport aircraft carrying out a series of spectacular test landings and take offs on a beach in South Wales.
The trial at Pembrey Air Weapons Range was organised by the DE&S A400M Project Team, based at MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol, in conjunction with Airbus and the Royal Air Force.
Atlas is coming into service as the 2nd Tranche replacement for the C130K to provide a tactical air lift and strategic oversize lift capability.
Operated by 2 pilots and a Weapons Systems Operator (Crewman) (WSOp (Cmn)), the aircraft has the ability to carry a 25-tonne payload over 2, 000nm to established and remote civilian and military airfields, or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.
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John Glenn First Astronaut Illustration To Orbit Earth
Most People Did Not Realize That The First Launch Boosters Were Actually Modified Icbms Inter Continental Ballistic Missile That Were Originally Designed To Deliver Destructive Wartime Payloads On Our Enemies. After Some Failures The First Astronauts Made It Into Space. Ever More Ambitious Flights Were Undertaken Until The Apollo Program. It Was Dedicated To Landing On The Moon. John Glenn First Astronaut Illustration To Orbit Earth
© L. Birmingham / Custom Medical Stock Photo