As of 2014, the only country to have put men on the moon is the United States. This happened over six Apollo missions, between 1969 and 1972.Know More
Astronauts first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. Their names were "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
The next men to walk on the moon were Alan Bean and Charles Conrad of Apollo 12. They were followed by Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard of Apollo 14, then James Irwin and David Scott of Apollo 15. The last men to walk on the moon were Charles Duke and John Young of Apollo 16 and Eugene Cernan and Jack Schmitt of Apollo 17.
Each crew had three members, but the command module pilot remained in orbit.Learn more about Space Travel
China has announced a theoretical plan to mine the moon for minerals and other scarce natural resources, but some experts are skeptical that the plan will ever fruition. At the moment, it's still in the research and development phrase.Full Answer >
As of 2014, 12 astronauts have walked on the surface of the moon. Additional people have manned spacecraft that landed on the moon, but they did not walk on its surface.Full Answer >
The first successful landing on the Moon was achieved by the Luna 2, a Soviet spacecraft; the Luna 2 reached the surface of the Moon in 1959. While on the Moon, the Luna 2 captured photographs, eventually returning to Earth, also bearing the distinction of retrieving the first images from the Moon. Following the return of the Luna 2, many Moon space missions ensued; the United States boasted a second successful Moon mission, launching the Ranger 4 to space in 1962.Full Answer >
In 2006, NASA released a plan to begin traveling to the moon again by 2020, with lunar residency missions beginning in 30-day increments in 2024 and moving to six-month missions by 2025. Since then, NASA has released further projections anticipating private residential missions as early as 2020.Full Answer >