Revisiting Apollo & The Moon

Above: Apollo 11, 12 and 15 landing sites imaged by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

It was more than four decades ago that man first stepped foot on the Moon. Fuelled by political tension, patriotism and the human condition NASA sent three men to the Moon less than a decade after it was asked of them. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first and second men to step foot on the lunar surface respectively, made history and gave the world a taste for space. Twelve men walked on the Moon over the course of 6 Apollo missions which lasted shy of four years.

Over the last year, several Apollo landing sites have been revisited by man’s robotic spies that orbit Earth’s celestial sibling. They show the landing sites just as the astronauts left them with footprints and rover tracks clearly visible. The Apollo human spaceflight programme put the first humans on the Moon and returned them all safely but ceased operations in 1972. No country or company has been back to visit since but many have the Moon firmly in their sights once again.

Image Credits: NASA Goddard/Arizona State University

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Astronomy PhD student from the UK with a passion for astronomy and science outreach projects. Involved with weekly science-based radio programme The Science Show on University Radio Nottingham (URN).

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