Back to the Moon
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On February 6, 2018, the world watched as the first Falcon Heavy rocket blasted toward the heavens. It was the most powerful rocket to leave Earth since the iconic Saturn V lifted Apollo astronauts to the Moon. With millions watching via livestream, it became clear: Crewed space travel is making a comeback. And we are going back to the Moon. On the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing, NOVA looks ahead to the hoped-for dawn of a new age in lunar exploration. This time, governments and private industry are working together to reach our nearest celestial neighbor. But why go back? The Moon can serve as a platform for basic astronomical research, as an abundant source of rare metals and hydrogen fuel, and ultimately as a stepping stone for human missions to Mars and beyond. Join the next generation of engineers that aim to take us to the Moon and discover how our legacy of lunar exploration won’t be confined to the history books for long.