Every generation has looked towards the heavens and wondered at the beauty of the moon. 50 years ago, a few Americans became the first to do the reverse and Earth-bound audiences shared in a new view of their planet hanging in an alien sky. For the first time since the 1960s, plans are taking shape for robots and humans to mount a new age of lunar exploration.
Oliver Morton explores the history and future of humankind’s relationship with the moon. What will we learn, do and imagine when we return to the moon?
Oliver Morton is a senior editor at The Economist. The asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named after him.