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10/07/1966 US launches Orbiter 1 to the Moon

The Lunar Orbiter 1 was the 1st American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It was launched from the Cape Canaveral, using Atlas Agena rocket. The unmanned spacecraft was designed primarily to photograph the smooth areas of the lunar surface. That was needed for selection of landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo missions.


  • Lunar Orbiter 1