The Moon

The Moon is our constant companion in the Solar System and the only place in the universe where humans have visited. Despite this, there's still much to discover about our closest neighbour.

Moon facts and trivia

How was the Moon formed?

How far away is the Moon?

When is the next Full Moon?

What happens during a lunar eclipse?


History of the Apollo Moon landings

The missions before the Moon landing

How many people have walked on the Moon?

The strange things humans have left on the Moon

Why did we stop going to the Moon?

Moon landing conspiracy theories: debunked


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Apollo 10 command module

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and man landing on the Moon. But this year also sees the anniversaries of Apollo 9 and 10. 

Color-Full Moon © Nicolas Lefaudeux

Do we really need the Moon in the night sky? What is its actual purpose?

Apollo 11 moon footprint

The Moon landings were faked. Apollo 11 didn't happen. Humans never set foot on the Moon. Heard all this before?

Le Voyage Dans la Lune

The Moon has been a destination in the human imagination long before we could travel there, from the 'first science fiction narrative' by Lucian of Samosata in the 2nd century CE to the sci-fi movies of the early 20th century. 

Apollo 10 command module

Used for communication in crewed spaceflights, spacecraft call signs have interesting histories.

Apollo 14 Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. assembles equipment on the lunar surface in Feburary 1971.jpg

The first crewed lunar landing in 1969 was a historic triumph for the USA and humankind. Including the Apollo 11 mission, 12 men have walked on the Moon. But who were they? 


Learn how to get started in astrophotography with our step-by-step guide to photographing the Moon.


NASA recordings of the final 13 minutes of the Apollo 11 Moon landing capture the tension and the triumph of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins's historic mission. Follow the radio communications between the astronauts and Mission Control during the lunar module's descent.

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Find out everything you wanted to know about partial and total solar and lunar eclipses, including when to see them in the UK


In the 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, humans have made extraordinary progress in space exploration. But what is the next giant leap for crewed spaceflight – and could 'space tourism' soon become a reality?