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Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans stepped onto another celestial body and into history. NASA

Mapping the Moon for Apollo

The first humans to land on the Moon, and the team that got them there, get all the glory. But what about the people who laid the foundation for this effort by mapping the Moon? Who were they?
The International Space station transits the “Blue moon” in late June 2015. Dylan O'Donnell

The moon is still geologically active, study suggests

New analysis of data from the Apollo era shows that moonquakes occur close to visible faults, which may matter when setting up a moon base.
The far side looks a lot like the near side. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

What’s on the far side of the Moon?

The far side of the Moon sees its share of sunlight – it's dark only in the sense that it's mysterious because it's never visible from Earth. Here's why.
President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, the recovery ship for the mission, where they are quarantined. From left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin. NASA

Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon - but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind

Objects left on the Moon are not just abandoned rockets and rovers. There is a lot of historic and sentimental memorabilia. Some of it hints at a mission that the first Moonwalkers almost forgot.
Artist’s depiction of a moon base with a view of Earth in the distance. Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock.com

Mining the Moon

Scientists are figuring out how to reduce the cost of space travel – to and from the Moon and possibly to Mars. One approach is to mine the Moon for resources necessary for interplanetary travel.

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