Infographic of the Day: The 350-Year History of Lunar Exploration

August 2nd, 2014
in News, econ_news, syndication

From ancient times, humans looked at the moon and wondered what it was, and if it were possible to go there.

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Prior to the invention of the telescope, people thought the moon was simply a glowing disc in the sky, and planets were moving points of light. Nothing else was known about them.

When 17th-century Italian astronomer Galileo first pointed a crude telescope at the moon, he noted that the orb had terrain including mountains, flat plains and craters. Therefore, the moon was solid, and its surface might be walked upon.

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Timeline traces the ideas that led up to the Apollo moon landings.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

 

 









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