There are only 12 out of the human race who have been able to walk on the moon. The first moonwalk was made in 1969 by Neil Armstrong who boarded the Apollo 11 lunar mission; the first of its kind in history. The most recent person to walk on the moon was Eugene Cernan as he was the last person to step into the Apollo 17 lunar probe after making a moonwalk in December 1972.
12. Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut and commander of the Gemini 8 Space Mission that saw him become the first American civilian in space. The astronaut holds the record of the first human to walk on the moon, after disembarking from the Eagle module of the Apollo 11 Space Program on July 21st, 1969. After stepping onto the moon’s surface, the astronaut made his iconic statement, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Interestingly, Neil made his application to become an astronaut on June 1st, 1962 seven days past the set deadline but his friend and flight simulation expert, Dick Day made it possible that Neil’s application was considered.
11. Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin is a former American astronaut who was part of the Apollo 11 Space Program. Aldrin was the command pilot of the Eagle space probe. The astronaut set foot on the lunar surface about nine minutes after his colleague Neil Armstrong had first walked on the moon and became the second human in history to walk on the moon on July 21st, 1969. While on the moon, Aldrin took the Holy Communion, the first religious activity ever conducted on the moon, and one that elicited much criticism from atheists. Another outstanding feat from Aldrin was that he became the first human to urinate while on the moon.
10. Pete Conrad
Pete Conrad is a retired American astronaut and is among the few people who had the privilege of walking on the moon. Pete joined NASA after spending years in the Navy where he was recognized as one of the best naval aviators in the United States Navy. Conrad’s aviation prowess made him the ideal choice of the pilot during the Gemini 5 space program in 1965, and later in the Gemini 11 space program in 1966. Pete Conrad became the third person to ever walk on the moon in 1969 after he commanded the lunar module of the Apollo 12 mission.
9. Alan Bean
Alan Bean is a retired American astronaut and one of the few people to ever walk on the moon. The astronaut made his first moonwalk in November 1969 during the Apollo 12 lunar mission, the second of its kind in history. A lightning strike during the Apollo 12 almost made the lunar mission tragic, but instructions from Bean who was the lunar module pilot helped salvage the mission.
8. Alan Shepard
Alan Shepard was a retired naval aviator and former NASA astronaut. Shepard’s first mission was Project Mercury that saw him become the first American astronaut in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Shepard had a successful career in the US Navy as an aviator and test pilot and served during the Second World War. The astronaut made his first walk on the moon in 1971 on Apollo 14 lunar mission at the age of 47, making him the oldest person to walk on the moon.
7. Edgar Mitchell
Edgar Mitchell was a former NASA astronaut. The astronaut walked on the moon’s surface in 1971 during the Apollo 14 lunar mission, becoming the sixth human on the moon. Mitchell spent 33 hours on the moon’s surface where he deployed scientific equipment and collected lunar samples.
6. David Scott
David Scott is a former US Air Force officer and retired NASA astronaut. The astronaut first flight to space was during the Gemini 8 mission in 1966. Scott was part of the Apollo 15 lunar mission, his last flight to space that saw him become the seventh person to ever walk on the moon. Another feat by Scott during the Apollo 15 lunar mission was being the first person to ever drive on the moon’s surface.
5. James Irwin
James Irwin was a former NASA astronaut and retired US Air Force pilot. The astronaut served as the lunar module pilot during the Apollo 15 lunar mission, in which he made his first moonwalk in 1971 and became the eighth human to ever walk on the moon’s surface.
4. John Young
John Young was a long-serving NASA astronaut and among the few people to walk on the moon. Young’s first space mission was the Gemini 3 mission of 1965, in which he was in charge of piloting the space probe. The astronaut was to have his first moonwalk in the Apollo 13 mission, but a minor explosion made moon landing impossible for the crew. However, the astronaut would finally make his first moonwalk in 1972 during the Apollo 16 mission, a mission which Young commanded. The moonwalk made the astronaut, the ninth person in history to walk on the moon.
3. Charles Duke
Charles Duke is a former NASA astronaut and retired test pilot from the United States. The astronaut is best known for being the youngest person to walk on the moon after he walked on the moon at the age of 37 years. Charles Duke was a module lunar pilot of Apollo 16 program in 1972. Duke was in charge of piloting the Orion lunar module during the mission. The astronaut spent over 20 hours of extra-vehicular activity while on the moon, part of the 71 hours that Duke spent on the moon’s surface, a then world record.
2. Eugene Cernan
Eugene Cernan was a retired astronaut who was part of NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar mission, which saw him become the last person on the moon as of 2018. Cernan’s stellar NASA career saw him being part of three space missions; first as part of the 1966 Gemini 9A mission, then in the 1966 Apollo 10 mission and lastly as part of the Apollo 17 mission of 1977. Cernan was also selected as a back-up crew member in the Apollo 14, Apollo 7, and Gemini 12 space programs.
1. Harrison Schmitt
Harrison Schmitt is a retired NASA astronaut and the most recent living person to walk on the moon. The astronaut from New Mexico was part of NASA’s most recent manned lunar mission, the Apollo 17 mission. Harrison would later resign from NASA in 1975, to stand for elective office, going for the Senate seat during the 1976 elections. Harrison would prove to be a good politician after garnering 57% of the votes and beating the incumbent. The retired astronaut would serve as New Mexico’s Senator between 1977 and 1983.
How Many People Have Walked on the Moon?
To date, 12 people have walked on the moon.
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