Technology Chandrayaan-2 launch on 50th anniversary of first moon landing: How many lunar missions were carried out since Updated : July 22, 2019 01:55 PM IST India's second lunar mission comes at a time when the world is celebrating 50 years of the moon landing. The Cold War-era saw a significant number of moon missions carried out by both the United States and the USSR - a total of 44 successful missions in the period between 1959 to 1978. A new member in the space club, India has managed to launch several satellites, one moon mission and a mission to Mars, called Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or 'Mangalyaan.' Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.