The Ranger 8 spacecraft yielded over 7,000 photos of the surface of the moon.
The spacecraft hovered above the planet for a few minutes before touching down.
NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft have been taking never-before-seen images of the outer planets.
In August of 1989, NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 2 made its closest approach to the planet Neptune.
The first manned spacecraft to be launched was the Soviet’s Vostok 1, which left earth in 1961.
Both American and Soviet spacecraft have dropped probes into the atmosphere of the planet Venus.
The safe landing of a spacecraft on Titan is a major triumph for the European space program.
The Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed on Mars in 1997 and made measurements of the Martian climate.
Over the last couple of decades, China has successfully launched and recovered 4 unmanned spacecraft.
In March of 1966, a Soviet spacecraft landed on Venus, the first spacecraft to land on another planet.
In 1962, two Soviet spacecraft circled Earth in adjacent orbits, and were in visual and radio contact.
In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft photographed the first images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
The Cassini spacecraft is scheduled to reach Saturn in 2004 for its four-year mission to study the planet.
In February of 1972, a spacecraft from the Soviet Union returned to earth with samples of the moon’s surface.
In 1969, the Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 linked up to become the first manned spacecraft to dock in Earth’s orbit.
In October of 1967, a Soviet spacecraft entered the atmosphere of the planet Venus, and began transmitting data back to Earth.
NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft celebrated their 25th year in August of 2002 by speeding toward the very edge of our solar system.
In September of 1976, the U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on the planet Mars, and began sending back photographs of the Martian landscape.
We’re building the so-called surface module for the Orion spacecraft.
Russia sends three or four such spacecraft per year to supply the ISS.
The U.S.-European spacecraft skimmed within 30 miles of the south pole.
It will take about a year for the spacecraft to arrive near the asteroid.
The image above was taken by the Galileo spacecraft on November 25, 1999.
801954 The spacecraft was 1.6 million miles away when the image was taken.