Few Earth humans have ventured over to the planet’s local astral satellite, locally referred to as The Moon.
Here’s a list of those who have paid a visit to the Earth’s companion:
Who Walked on the Moon?
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)—Apollo 11
- Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (1930-)—Apollo 11
- Charles “Pete” Conrad (1930-1999)—Apollo 12
- Alan Bean (1932-2018)—Apollo 12
- Alan B. Shepard Jr. (1923-1998)—Apollo 14
- Edgar D. Mitchell (1930-2016)—Apollo 14
- David R. Scott (1932-)—Apollo 15
- James B. Irwin (1930-1991)—Apollo 15
- John W. Young (1930-2018)—Apollo 10 (orbital), Apollo 16 (landing)
- Charles M. Duke (1935-)—Apollo 16
- Eugene Cernan (1934-2017)—Apollo 10 (orbital), Apollo 17 (landing)
- Harrison H. Schmitt (1935-)—Apollo 17
Who Orbited the Moon?
- Frank Borman (1928-)—Apollo 8
- William A. Anders (1933-)—Apollo 8
- James A. Lovell Jr. (1928-)—Apollo 8, Apollo 13
- Thomas Stafford (1930-)—Apollo 10
- Michael Collins (1930-2021)—Apollo 11
- Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929-2017)—Apollo 12
- Fred W. Haise Jr. (1933-)—Apollo 13
- John L. Swigert Jr. (1931-1982)—Apollo 13
- Stuart A. Roosa (1933-1994)—Apollo 14
- Alfred M. Worden (1932-2020)—Apollo 15
- Thomas K. Mattingly II (1936-)—Apollo 16
- Ronald E. Evans (1933-1990)—Apollo 17
[Accessed via Google: 21st February 2022]
Does anything obvious stand out from the lists above?
In Earth 101 – Time to Run, our protagonist, Jayne, orbits the Moon. So naturally, there is the offer to venture down to the surface. But having just discovered her new boyfriend is an alien from forever lightyears away, Jayne is somewhat reluctant and still coming to terms with the impossible.
When I presented an early draft of the story to my editor, she was pretty shocked to learn no female astronauts (or cosmonauts) had popped across to The Moon.
2024 could see an amendment to this fact.
But, in the meantime, Jayne holds first place for that achievement.