Early Moon shots Success and Failure

Date: Saturday April 7th 2018 8:00pm

Soup etc. (included in price) from 7:30pm


Location: National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley SY6 6JG

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The nature of the moon

Galileo Galilei made his own telescope and discovered the mountains and craters on the moon in 1609. Remote study was the only way to study the moon until the first probe Luna 2, launched by the Soviet Union, made an impact with the moon on September 4th 1959. Luna 3 was the first opportunity to photograph the far side of the moon just a few weeks later. Six years later, Luna 9 made a soft landing and sent back pictures from the surface. 

Since then, many other missions to the moon, as fly-bys, orbiters, landers, etc. brought new knowledge and experience leading us closer to being able to explore our universe further.


The moon rises just before 3am. In the evening, the skies will be dark, so deep sky and other faint objects should be visible.  The  Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula and other objects are visible with the naked eye. Binoculars will help and Shropshire Astronomical Society will be supporting us with an array of their equipment.

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Moon with a rocket stuck in its eye

Screenshot from Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) directed by Georges Méliès.

Luna 2 Russian Lander

Luna 2, the first human-made object to reach the surface of the moon (1959) impacted near the craters Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus. Credit: NASA


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