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12 Astronauts Have Walked on the Moon

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Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin carries scientific experiments south of the lunar module Eagle. Photo taken by Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (Neil Armstrong/AP)

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Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 09:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Forty-eight years ago today, the late Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong became the first of a dozen men to walk on the moon’s surface, followed later that day by Buzz Aldrin.

Over the next three-and-a-half years, 10 other men set foot on the moon: Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt.

For those who grew up watching the Apollo space program, it’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 45 years since Apollo 17 became the last lunar mission. Since that time, astronauts have been confined to earth orbits.

Seven months before Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon in Apollo 11, Jim Lovell and his Apollo 8 crew became the first men to orbit the moon. Lovell made another trip to the lunar orbit during the aborted Apollo 13 mission, but he was never able to walk on the moon.

Aldrin has recently called for an effort to put man on Mars rather than return to the moon.

While space exploration was once something only governments could underwrite, private companies now place satellites in orbit. Billionaire Jeff Bezos and others expect to send passengers into space in the near future.

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