All About Space

APOLLO LANDING SITES

Turn your telescope, binoculars or unaided eye to the Moon and you’ll see where man, rovers and landers stepped onto another world

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Today there is a lot of excited talk about going to the Moon again. Shining brightly in our sky, it calls to us like a celestial siren, just as it always has done. NASA is still debating whether they should send astronauts straight to Mars, bypassing the Moon altogether, or only go to Mars after a number of successful precursor missions to Earth’s natural satellite. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency is looking to the Moon as the potential site of a scientific outpost where different nations could work together in a ‘lunar village’, much like internatio­nal scientists

now work in Antarctica. Private companies are also planning to mine the Moon for resources, and there’s even a competitio­n to land robot rovers on the Moon and have them send live video back to Earth.

With all this going on it’s important to remember we’ve already been to the Moon. True, it happened a long, long time ago – so long ago that children today learn about it in school history classes, just as they learn about the Egyptians, Vikings or the

Roman Empire – but the Apollo missions were a spectacula­r success and represente­d a golden age of exploratio­n.

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