It is exactly 50 years since the last American astronaut landed on the moon. “We go as we came, and God willing, we will return the same way – with peace and hope for all mankind,” said Eugene Chernon, a NASA astronaut who died in 2017. Before he died in December 1972, the “Apollo 17” mission left Earth’s satellite again. Between 1969 and 1972, the United States was the only country to bring a total of twelve astronauts to the moon on the “Apollo” missions.
With the “Artemis” project named after the moon goddess and twin sister of the god Apollo, the American space agency now wants to make the prediction of Chernon, the moon’s last observer, come true half a century later. For the first time, American astronauts, including a woman and a non-white man, are about to return to the moon. A rover is also to be added, and outposts are to be built on the moon and in its orbit. “These elements will allow our robots and astronauts to move and explore more than ever before,” NASA said. Later, Mars will also be targeted by astronauts.
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