In 1969, one of the most incredible events took place and was watched by people all over the planet. This marked the first moon landing, as astronauts were sent into space and took what we all now refer to as ‘a giant leap for mankind’. This marked the first time that man ever set foot on the moon. Most people can easily reel off the names of the first lucky ones to do this – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are now household names. But who else has walked on the moon?
Well, there are actually 12 Apollo astronauts that have walked on the moon to date, although they are not household names like the ones mentioned above. It is worth noting that none of these twelve astronauts have ever walked on the moon more than once.
Of course, the moon landing that has gone down in history is Apollo 11, which landed on the moon in July 1969. This was when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin captivated the world as they became the first two men to ever set foot on the moon.
The Apollo 12 mission was just a few months later, taking place in November 1969. This saw another two astronauts take their first steps on the moon – Pete Conrad and Alan Bean. These two were on the moon for two days.
While there was an Apollo 13 mission, most people are aware that this resulted in disaster due to an explosion. Therefore, it was Apollo 14 that became the next successful mission. The two men to walk on the moon this time around were Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell. They landed on the moon in February 1971.
In July 1971, David Scott and James Irwin became the next two to land on the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission. They stayed on the moon for three days and became the first to land in a mountainous area of the moon.
Despite engine issues that almost resulted in the mission being aborted, Apollo 16’s John Young and Charles Duke took their first steps on the moon in April 1972. The two astronauts were there for three days both walking and driving the lunar rover on the moon.
In December 1972, the Apollo 17 mission took place. This, sadly, was also the final mission and the last two men to walk on the moon were Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt. Again, they stayed on the moon for three days and collected various samples while there. One even scratched his daughter’s name onto the moon’s surface.