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Missions to the moon: Past, present and future

The moon is the closest major destination to Earth, so it's no surprise it's one of the most popular targets for space exploration missions.

NASA and numerous other countries have attempted to send missions to the moon, and even a few humans have made the journey.

The first generation of robotic moon explorers helped prepare for the Apollo moon landings, which sent a few American male astronauts to the surface between 1969 and 1972. Now NASA is leading a new consortium of international space agencies and companies for a new round of landings under the Artemis program. Meanwhile, numerous landers, rovers and other robotic explorers have sent back information about the moon.

How many missions to the moon have there been?

More than 140 missions launched to the moon. A small number of them had astronauts on board, but most of the missions were robotic orbiters, landers and rovers.

How many times have humans been to the moon?

Nine human missions were launched to the moon between 1968 and 1972, with some people flying on more than one mission. As for moonwalkers, 12 American male astronauts walked on the moon between 1968 and 1972.

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