NASA’s Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s landed the first humans on the moon.
Astronauts haven’t returned in more than 46 years. But NASA hopes to send robots there by 2022, followed by crewed missions in 2024.
Here’s a list of every Apollo mission and the highlights of what each one accomplished.
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Fifty years ago this month, humans stepped onto the moon for the first time in history.
On July 16, 1969, the crew of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission — astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins — launched on a daring adventure. Four days later, on July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed a small spaceship on the lunar surface, crawled outside, and planted their boots into the ground along with an American flag and some scientific instruments.
Apollo 11 often hogs the history books, but many Apollo missions before it made the astronauts’ conquest possible, and the missions that followed added to the program’s long list of accomplishments. In total, NASA wound up putting 12 astronauts on the moon’s surface. In the roughly five decades since then, however, no US spacecraft has returned with people.
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