• Question: How many people have travelled to the Moon?

    Asked by lthompson to Amy, Drew, Sara on 23 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hey! I think its 24…at least this is what Wikipedia says anyway..

      “Forty-one astronauts were assigned to fly Apollo spacecraft; thirty-two of them were part of the Apollo program, with the rest not flying until the subsequent Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. Twenty-four of the Apollo program astronauts left Earth’s orbit and flew around the Moon (Apollo 7 and Apollo 9 did not leave low Earth orbit).

      Twelve of these astronauts walked on the Moon’s surface, and six of those rode a lunar rover on the Moon, the mission commander driving the rover while the lunar module pilot was passenger. While three astronauts flew to the Moon twice, none of them landed on the Moon more than once. The nine Apollo missions to the moon occurred between December of 1968 and December of 1972.

      Apart from these twenty-four people who visited the Moon, no human being has gone beyond low Earth orbit. They have, therefore, been farther from the Earth than anyone else. They are also the only people to have directly viewed the far side of the Moon. The twelve who walked on the Moon are the only people ever to have set foot on an astronomical object other than the Earth.

      Of the twenty-four lunar astronauts taking part in the Moon missions, two went on to command a Skylab mission, one commanded Apollo-Soyuz, one flew as commander for shuttle approach and landing tests and two went on to command orbital shuttle missions. A total of twenty-four Apollo-era astronauts (as well as pre-Apollo astronaut John Glenn) flew the space shuttle.”


    • Photo: Drew Rae

      Drew Rae answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Here’s a complete list for you. The asterisks mark the astronauts who actually landed on the moon.

      Note the special cases of Cernan & Young. Both were on Apollo 10, which went around the moon and didn’t land. They both got to do moonwalks in the last Apollo missions. Spare a thought too for Jim Lovell, who went to the moon twice but never landed.

      Apollo 8: Borman, Lovell, Anders
      Apollo 10: Stafford, Young, Cernan
      Apollo 11: *Armstrong, Collins, *Aldrin
      Apollo 12: *Conrad, Gordon, *Bean
      Apollo 13: Lovell, Swigert, Haise
      Apollo 14: Shepard, Roosa, Mitchell
      Apollo 15: *Scott, Warden, *Irwin
      Apollo 16: *Young, *Duke, Mattingly
      Apollo 17: Evans, *Cernan, *Schmidtt

    • Photo: Sara Imari Walker

      Sara Imari Walker answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hello Ithompson! I met Buzz Aldrin once!! That was pretty amazing, to meet someone who’s been all the way to the moon!! Looks like Amy and Drew have you pretty well covered on who went to the moon and when. What boggles my mind is that no one has been to the moon in nearly forty years!!!! No on has gone in my lifetime anyways!! Our technology is so much better now a days, we could do a moon landing program so much better than in the late 60’s. Hopefully I will see someone land on the moon in my lifetime! That would be amazing =)