Friday, January 11, 2008

Here is what I just learned about the moon landings

List of manned Apollo Moon landings
In total twenty-four American astronauts have traveled to the Moon, with twelve walking on its surface and three making the trip twice. Apollo 8, Apollo 10 and Apollo 13 were lunar-orbit-only missions with no moon landings. Apollo 7 and Apollo 9 never left Earth orbit. Apart from the inherent dangers of manned moon expeditions as seen with Apollo 13, one reason for their cessation according to astronaut Alan Bean is the cost it imposes in government subsidies."[1]

Future plans

The current U.S. Vision for Space Exploration calls for a human landing on the Moon no later than 2018.
Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon by 2025 and establish a permanent manned base there in 2027-2032.[4]
Other nations, including China and India, have expressed interest in pursuing human landings on the Moon, but none have currently announced formal plans.
The Google Lunar X Prize competition offers a $20 million award for the first privately-funded team to land a robotic probe on the Moon. Like the Ansari X Prize before it, the competition aims to advance the state of the art in private space exploration
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