Used Spacecraft Lot Needed On Moon

If you could salvage all of the material that human beings have left on the moon, you could open a fairly substantial used spacecraft lot.

If all of these craft could be collected in one junkyard/sales lot, the sales brochure would look like this:

Update 16-May-2007: Corrections have been made to the list based on attentive reader comments. End update notice.

Mission Object Description Condition Year
Luna 2 Small spherical craft with sensors Poor (Crash-landed) 1959
Ranger 4 5' high sensor platform w/failed solar panels Poor (Crash-landed) 1962
Rangers 6-9 #6 arrived but failed; others deployed sending photos Poor (Crash-landed) 1964-5
Luna 5,7,8 Sensor platforms with retro-rockets attempt soft landings Poor (Crash-landed) 1965
Luna 9 Spherical sensor platform with cameras makes successful soft-landing, sends back photos Excellent (dead battery) 1966
Surveyor 1-7 Sensor platform w/solar panels, soil analysis
(some vandalism on #3 by Pete Conrad - camera missing)
Excellent (#3 checked by Apollo crew 1969) 1966-68
Luna 10-12 Satellites with MP3 capability (transmitted "Internationale") orbited moon Poor (Crash-landed) 1966-68
Luna 13 Achieved soft-landing; excellent cameras, detailed soil analysis Excellent (battery dead) 1966
Lunar Orbiter 1-5 Satellites w/solar panels and dish antennae, excellent cameras and 70 mm film processing Poor (Crash-landed) 1966-67
Explorer 35 Satellite with sensors; switched off 1972 Poor (Crash-landed) 1967
Apollo 10-17 Lunar lander descent stages; some missions left behind retroflectors for lunar ranging.
[except for #13, which never got there, and #10, which crashed]
Excellent 1969-72
Apollo 10-17 Lunar lander ascent stages, which fell back onto the moon.
[except for #13, which never got there.]
Poor 1969-72
Apollo 15-17 Lunar Roving Vehicles (style: dune buggy) in good shape, low mileage Good 1971-72
Luna 15 Platform-style unmanned lander intended to bring back samples Poor (Crash-landed) 1969
Lunokhod 1 Robotic lunar rover with cameras teleoperated from Earth; low mileage Good 1970
Lunokhod 2 Robotic lunar rover with upgrades also equipped with laser-ranging reflector Good 1973
Luna 23,24 Platform-style craft left descent stages Good 1974
Hiten/ Hagoromo Satellite lunar probes Poor (Crash-landed) 1990
Lunar Prospector Sensor-laden craft intended to locate lunar water Poor (Crash-landed) 1998
Smart-1 Satellite with unique Hall effect ion-thruster Poor (Crash-landed) 2006

Science fiction writers have already explored the idea of a used spacecraft lot on the Moon. In his 1941 novel Methuselah's Children, Robert Heinlein describes it this way:

...Despite efforts to make the Moon colony ecologically self-sufficient, Luna City still imported vastly more tonnage than she exported. On Earth this would have resulted in "empties coming back"; in space transport it was sometimes cheaper to let empties accumulate, especially on Luna where an empty freighter was worth more as metal than it had cost originally as a ship back Earthside.

They suited up and left the dome by North Tunnel, then strolled along the grounded ships in the long, easy strides of low gravity...
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