Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans stepped onto another celestial body and into history.
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?
In episode 2 of The Conversation's new podcast series, we look at how people reacted to the moon landing – and why some still believe it was a hoax.
European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in October 2003.
On the 50th anniversary of man's historic moon landing, Pedro Duque remembers how every child wanted to be an astronaut in 1969.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
Like the majority of people on the planet today, most people in our office are too young to have witnessed firsthand the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place 50 years ago. It was a giant leap for mankind…
The moon covers much of the sun during the total solar eclipse, in Merlo, San Luis, Argentina, July 2 2019.
While the world gathers to see an eclipse, what's the rest of nature doing?
A new podcast series exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come.
Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander.
Here is how our mobile phones compare with the computer that landed man on the moon in 1969.
A new podcast series from The Conversation exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come.
When (if) we go back to the Moon we need some rules on behaviour.
Tourism, mining and new settlements are possibilities for our Moon. But what rules and regulations should govern our behavior there?
Territorial claim? US astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the American flag.
A new study suggests that we should limit ourselves to developing just one eight of the solar system.
The International Space station transits the “Blue moon” in late June 2015.
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.
Though it's fairly straightforward to locate the Earth's moon in space today, there is a fundamental gap in our understanding of how it got there.
The far side looks a lot like the near side.
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
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.
Israel's first moon mission failed to land successfully on the moon's surface.
Meteorites might look like boring bits of rock – but each one has a fascinating story.
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.
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.
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.
Neil Armstrong took this photograph of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon.
Throughout the world, unique sites of natural and cultural heritage are protected for future generations. But what about sites on the moon that represent the beginning of the human space age?
The Moon could be mined for water.
Australia has a well-earned reputation as a mining nation. Now we're moving towards mining 'off world', on the Moon.