Apollo Lunar Landings (1969 - 1972)


The Apollo program included a large number of uncrewed test missions and 12 crewed missions: three Earth orbiting missions (Apollo 7, 9 and Apollo-Soyuz), two lunar orbiting missions (Apollo 8 and 10), a lunar swingby (Apollo 13), and six Moon landing missions (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). Two astronauts from each of these six missions walked on the Moon (Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt), the only humans to have set foot on another solar system body. Total funding for the Apollo program was approximately $20,443,600,000.

Apollo
Mission
Launch
Date
Landing
Date
Surface Views of Landing Site Landing Site (zoom in with a QT movie) Latitude Longitude EVA time
(hours)
Traverse
(km)
Sample
Return (kg)
11 Jul 16, 1969 Jul 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Mare Tranquilitatis 0.674 N 23.473 E 2.53 0.25 21.7
12 Nov 14, 1969 Nov 19, 1969 Apollo 12 Oceanus Procellarum 3.014 S 23.419 W 7.75 1.35 34.4
14 Jan 31, 1971 Feb 5, 1971 Apollo 14 Fra Mauro 3.645 S 17.471 W 9.38 3.45 42.9
15 Jul 26, 1971 Jul 30, 1971 Apollo 15 Hadley Rille 26.132 N 3.634 E 19.13 27.9 76.8
16 Apr 16, 1972 Apr 20, 1972 Apollo 16 Descartes 8.973 S 15.499 E 20.23 27. 94.7
17 Dec 7, 1972 Dec 11, 1972 Apollo 17 Taurus-Littrow 20.188 N 30.775 E 22.07 35. 110.5

Clicking on each mission above will take you to a page about it. In addition The Apollo Program (1963-72) site provides additional links to each of the Apollo missions including detailed information about the scientific experiments of each mission, mission summaries and highlights.

To find the latitude and longitude or where these lunar modules are now visit Apollo - Current Locations.


A Slide set showing the six landing sites and diagram is available from NASA. This slide set portrays the six landing sites at a variety of scales, ranging from Earth-based telescopic views spanning hundreds of kilometers to high-resolution photographs obtained from lunar orbit which were used as an aid to evaluating the geologic setting of each site. The unmanned Soviet Luna landing sites are also dipicted. A schematic map of the lunar nearside with latitude, longitude and showing Apollo and Luna landings sites, mare basalt areas, and large basins is also provided.