How many astronauts in the Apollo space program have walked on the moon?
NASA’s Apollo space program was launched as part of the race to the Moon between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Its goal was to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth.
The program began in 1961 and ended in 1975. During this period, twelve astronauts walked on the lunar soil. The first of them, Neil Armstrong, walked on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin. The mission was a great success, marking a historic moment in human history. The astronauts planted the American flag on the surface of the Moon and collected samples of the lunar soil that were brought back to Earth.
The Apollo program continued with the Apollo 12, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions. During these missions, ten other astronauts walked on the Moon. Charles Conrad, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt all walked on the Moon. During these missions, astronauts used a lunar module to land on the Moon and a command module to travel to and from the Moon. The Apollo missions also used lunar probes to explore the surface of the Moon and lunar orbits to map the Moon’s surface.
The Apollo program was considered a major achievement in space exploration and the conquest of the Moon. Since the end of the Apollo program, space studies have continued with the International Space Station ISS, Mars Rover and other space exploration projects. Spacex and the European Space Agency are among the organizations currently working on manned flights, lunar bases and space exploration programs.