Who are These 12 Astronauts That Landed on Moon?

Who are These 12 Astronauts That Landed on Moon?

Moon landing is one of the curious topics. And only 12 men have landed on Moon. These astronauts had realized the missions from 1969 to 1972. All Apollo lunar missions had a third crew member who remained on board the Command Module. The last three missions had a rover for increased mobility.

  1. NEIL ALDEN ARMSTRONG

There is nobody on Earth that does not know the first astronaut Neil Armstrong who landed on Moon. He was an American aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Armstrong landed on Moon in 1969, and took his time on space 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds. Although the first steps on the moon are what he will always be known for, Armstrong considered the mission’s biggest accomplishment was landing the lunar module. He later said; “Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle.”

Armstrong landed on Moon in 1969
Armstrong landed on Moon in 1969
  1. EDWIN “BUZZ” ALDRIN

As Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the Moon. He stayed on Moon 12 days 1 hour and 53 minutes.

 Apollo 11 mission
Apollo 11 mission
  1. CHARLES “PETE” CONRAD

During the Apollo 12 mission Pete Conrad became the third man to walk on the Moon in 1969. Conrad was selected in NASA’s second astronaut class. He set an eight-day space endurance record along with his Command Pilot Gordon Cooper on his first spaceflight. Conrad was assigned in December 1966 to command the backup crew for the first Earth orbital test flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit.

Apollo 12 mission
Apollo 12 mission
  1. ALAN L. BEAN

Alan LaVern Bean was the fourth person to landed on Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. His second and final flight into space is on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973.

Apollo 12
Apollo 12
  1. ALAN SHEPARD

Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space in 1961, and in 1971 he walked on the Moon with the Apollo 14 mission.

Shepard poses next to the American flag on the Moon during Apollo 14
Shepard poses next to the American flag on the Moon during Apollo 14
  1. EDGAR D. MITCHELL

Edgar Dean “Ed” Mitchell was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 14
Apollo 14
  1. DAVID RANDOLPH SCOTT

American engineer David Randolph Scott belonged to the third group of NASA astronauts that was selected in October 1963. As an astronaut, Scott became the seventh person to walk on the Moon. Following the death of John Young in January 2018, Scott became the last living commander of a successful Apollo lunar landing mission and, as such, the only person currently alive who has flown a spacecraft to a landing on the Moon. He reached the moon with Apollo 15 in 1971.

Apollo 15
Apollo 15
  1. JAMES B. IRWIN

James Irwin also landed on Moon with Apollo 15 in 1971. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a prominent born-again Christian. As you can see, he was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.

Apollo 15
Apollo 15
  1. JOHN WATTS YOUNG

The ninth person to walk on the Moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 was John Watts Young. He enjoyed the longest career of any astronaut, becoming the first person to fly six space missions (with seven launches, counting his lunar liftoff) over the course of 42 years of active NASA service.

Apollo 16
Apollo 16
  1. CHARLES M. DUKE JR.

Charles Moss “Charlie” Duke Jr. is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon. He took 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft; and 265 hours in space, plus 20 hours and 15 minutes of extravehicular activity.

Apollo 16
Apollo 16
  1. HARRISON “JACK” SCHMITT

A geologist first, he was the first scientist not only on the moon, but in outer space too. His feet hit the moon in 1972 as he served as Apollo 17’s lunar module pilot.

 Apollo 17
Apollo 17
  1. EUGENE E. CERNAN

The last person to appear on the surface of the moon is Gene Cernan with the mission of Commander of Apollo 17. He said, “I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”

 Apollo 17
Apollo 17

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