Relic Moon Rovers and Orbiters In addition to the Apollo lunar landings, which returned 2,200 separate samples from six different missions, three robotic Soviet-era spacecraft touched down on the Moon and collected about 0.75 lb. (0.34 kg) of samples. Here is a look at the more than 105 robotic spacecraft that have been launched to explore the Moon.  1. Luna 2, 1959. Intentional crash 2. Ranger 4, 1962. Intentional crash 3. Ranger 6, 7, 1964. Intentional crash 4. Luna ...

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