It’s been half a century since humankind first landed on the moon. When astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first step in 1969, over half a billion people were watching at home for the climax of a Space Race between nations. Twelve people walked on the lunar surface as part of the Apollo missions, and today a new race to return to the moon is underway.
Billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mockup of a new moon lander. Bezos, who is also the founder of rocket company Blue Origin, hopes that ‘Blue Moon’ will help the drive to establish a lunar outpost on the moon within the next five years. If successful, it will be the first time humans have set foot on the moon since 1972.
Humankind has been dreaming of the stars since legends began, and the mystery of space exploration has cemented itself in popular culture. From the pioneering astronauts in the 1950s to our first glimpse of a black hole this year, we continue to make discoveries that were once the stuff of science fiction.
Astronaut Alan Bean, member of the Apollo 12 mission and the fourth human to walk on the moon, died Saturday at the age of 86
THIS astronaut wore Hanes brand, perfectly white cotton (at least they started out that way!), loose-fitting boxer shorts... every single day. And each of those days was spent on board the International Space Station (ISS) over the summer of 2007.
Having read a few of the other answers to this question, it's time for me to officially weigh in, as I have a tad bit of experience in this area.
It is ultra-remote, which is why the base is used to simulate space travel. It has the similar combination of isolation, inaccessibility, low light levels and a skeleton crew that you would find in space - which is why it's nicknamed 'White Mars'.
Scientists are one step closer to making sci-fi dreams come true - allowing humans to live on Mars (and meaning Matt Damon
It's hard to have a sense of perspective on our own lives, the tiniest things seem incredibly important and the important things are hard to remember. How is it possible to hang on to the big stuff and not sweat the small?