In the 1950s and 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a race for the conquest of space. For a long time, the Soviet Republic was ahead. So was the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as the first human in space. The Soviet engineers were also the first to land an unmanned probe on the moon. But on July 21, 1969, at 3:56 CET, NASA realized an old human dream: with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first humans entered the moon. After a few years, however, the moon lost its attraction again, so that since 1972 no manned missions took place. This is likely to change in the next few years, however, because both the US and China want to fly people to the moon again.
A space station near the moon should be finished in 2024
To a certain extent, a small race takes place here as well. China has announced that it will send some unmanned probes to Earth’s satellite. In the early 2030s, the first Chinese to enter the earth satellite. These plans, in turn, may have helped NASA to step up its activities in this area – and have now published an even more ambitious timetable. According to this, in 2024 the first astronauts were to move to a new space station in the orbit of the Moon. Two years later, a manned flight to the moon is planned from there. However, this timetable may well have been drafted under political considerations. Because so the space station could still be inaugurated by US President Trump – provided he is re-elected.