Talk:Exploration of the Moon

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Duplication of mission lists[edit]

Here are FIVE different pages trying to track lunar missions and timelines:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lunar_probes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotic_exploration_of_the_Moon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_and_future_lunar_missions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploration_of_the_Moon#Timeline_of_Moon_exploration

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Moon_spacecraft

Is there a way to consolidate all of these into a single data source and reference as needed ? Its especially relevant for upcoming and current missions, which have ever changing launch dates and data. This is something that WikiProject Moon should be watching very closely. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.87.58.153 (talk) 22:01, 20 August 2011 (UTC)


An excellent source on the history and details of all launched lunar spacecraft for reference : http://weebau.com/satplan/plan_2.htm Savuporo (talk) 03:24, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Invalid source[edit]

last (5th) external link is

  1. ↑ 404 error. URL accessed on 2006-03-20.

what was is supposed to be? Camicio 21:39, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

What I can make up from the URL this was supposed to be a news item for the Chinese craft that is expected to launch in 2007. CNN has a newer and more complete article at http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/12/china.space/index.html. So maybe we could use that one instead. BaseLine 13:18, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

(9th) external link is a Yahoo "we've moved" page. Furthermore, regardless of what the 10th link says about searching for helium-3 on the moon, this is highly likely to be erroneous, given that the primary source of the official mission objectives page (http://www.isro.org/chandrayaan/htmls/objective_scientific.htm) does not mention any such thing. 64.81.73.35 (talk) 18:36, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Lunar Exploration[edit]

It would be nice if this page could contain a list of every spacecraft sent towards the moon. The name would kind of suggest that that's what the purpose would be. Tuvas 16:31, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps replicating some of the information from ([1]) or from ([[2]]). Any other sensible sources? Redfoxtx 10:13, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

I have created a page Robotic exploration of the Moon listing all missions. Lunokhod 17:46, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Galileo[edit]

The Galileo flybys need to be mentioned under recent exploration. These returned useful scientific data. Lunokhod 17:48, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Future lunar missions[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the merge. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the merge was rename: Future lunar missions -> List of future lunar missions

I think the article Future lunar missions would be better as a subsection of this article. Much of the information is already here anyway, making Future lunar missions somewhat redundant. Mlm42 13:31, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

What if we rename the "future lunar missions" page to "list of future lunar missions"? Lunokhod 13:40, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
I still think that such a page would be a list of (this is a guess) less than twenty missions, with short summaries and links to the main articles. So why not just include this list directly in the Future missions section of Exploration of the Moon? If Exploration of the Moon gets too big, then we can split off the future missions list as a separate page.. but until then i think we will just be creating an unneccessary redundancy. Mlm42 13:54, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
I only use "future lunar missions" as a list in order to find out what will be launched and when. Its not clear to me that if you merge this with "exploration of the moon" that people will know where to find this information. I have nothing against duplicated all this material in "exploration of the Moon", but the self contained list is useful (to some at least) as well. In any case, I don't feel too strongly about this. I'll put an advert on the Moon project and see if we can get some more opinions. Lunokhod 16:02, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
The difficulty with duplicate material is that it requires maintainence in two places. Could the future lunar missions list be a sub-page, transcluded into the exploration of the moon page? Sdsds 20:23, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Transclusion stops the watch function working properly - e.g. the problem with portals. sbandrews 14:31, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
Then maybe the rename: Future lunar missions -> List of future lunar missions makes sense. The section of Exploration of the Moon could then start with {{Seealso | List of future lunar missions}}, and it's clear that if an editor just wants to add a list entry, without providing much supporting text, that's the place to do it. Sdsds 15:38, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

U.S. view of space race[edit]

Thank-you to all the prior editors who have made the space race section of this article so unbiased. That is great! From a U.S. perspective, the Kennedy speech is really a pivotal moment, so I've added a few sentences about that. I also re-ordered the description of events to be more chronological. Are those changes are OK with everyone? Sdsds 10:28, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Not everyone will agree with it.

-G —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 67.68.63.162 (talk) 19:08, 10 May 2007 (UTC).

And China moon program?[edit]

no reference on wikipedia.

http://www.spacetoday.org/China/ChinaMoonflight.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4146226.stm

The validity of this all[edit]

I'm having a hard time believing anyone went to the moon. With the technology and information at the time, how is this possible? Or am I missing something? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.191.34.227 (talk) 07:01, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Aristotle: Primary source?[edit]

Aristotle himself suggested that the Moon partook perhaps of some contamination from the realm of corruption. The source for this - The Galileo Project website - does not itself give any reference. Does anyone know where precisely Aristotle says this? I don't think this opinion is to be found in any of his surviving works. Perhaps someone else - Plutarch, Simplicius, etc - attributed it to Aristotle. - Eroica (talk) 13:18, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

High speed (and higher speed) impacts on the moon[edit]

The main article could be improved by giving us more information on the recent high speed impact between a lunar projectile traveling 9,000 mph (or is it kph), and what it would take to send something up there at 18,000 mph. If 9,000 mph wasn't fast enough, why not send another one up, and have it hit at twice the speed? 216.99.198.61 (talk) 03:00, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

This article is fail[edit]

An article about exploration of the moon that does not list ONE THING that the explorations have found. Absoltuely ZERO information on what the explorations have discovered other than "lunar rocks lawl". Fix this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 202.65.245.3 (talk) 09:09, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Alternatively, you could fix it yourself. --Lacarids (talk) 23:38, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Armstrong Quote[edit]

Armstrong's first steps were the hallmark moment in lunar exploration. A lot came before them and after them... but millions of people around the world watched him step onto the moon. The article would be better if it had the "one small step" audio clip embedded. --Lacarids (talk) 23:42, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


Copyright violation[edit]

I am very concerned about the use of non-free images such as the ESA, JAXA and ISRO logos to denote the operators of spacecraft in this article. They can easily be replaced in this manner with text indicating the agency name, and therefore their use here violates copyright, and cannot be justified as fair use. --W. D. Graham 09:07, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Complete lunar mission navbox[edit]

Hello all. Excuse my unfamiliarity here. I have had a bit of experience in navbox creation, and I am thinking of creating a navbox that aims to include all lunar missions. I realise there are already similar navboxes: Template:Moon_spacecraft which only contains robotic missions, and Template:Manned_lunar_spacecraft which only lists models of manned lunar spacecraft (not even each manned mission). I thought it would be wise to suggest the idea here before creation - is there a particular reason why there is not already (or is there?) a navbox that includes all missions? If I were to create such a navbox, it could be structured chronologically (e.g. Template:Mars_spacecraft) as opposed to the current structure of Template:Moon_spacecraft.

If this proposal is a bad idea for some reason, I have an alternative; instead of merging the two navboxes, chronological renovation of Template:Moon_spacecraft, as well as the creation of another navbox that lists each manned mission to the moon (I'm surprised there isn't one already). Though I prefer the first proposal. Comments, questions, ideas? JamesDouch (talk) 11:13, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

With no objections I went ahead, Template:Moon spacecraft. JamesDouch (talk) 00:35, 1 October 2012 (UTC)