Concluding Comments About the Space Race


If you are interested in a great map which shows the landing site of every Apollo mission, as well as the crash sites of Soviet and American probes, click on the image to the left. It is pretty big (and will take awhile to download on a dial-up connection), but cool to see where all this stuff still exists. Imagine going up there ... collecting all the gold leafing around the landers, driving around in the lunar cars, and selling artifacts at an auction.

If you think that my course has a lot of reading, check out what you would be doing if you were enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara astronomy course ... and this is just the stuff for the space race! UCSB Course.

To learn more about NASA's history of spaceflight, go to their website, or go to my downloaded page of the History of NASA. If you want to see the Soviet perspective of the race to the moon, check out my downloaded page of Soviet Lunar History. I have included a very nice map of the lunar surface with the landing sites of Soviet and American satellites and astronauts.

The six landing sites of the Apollo missions to the moon:

Apollo XI Sea of Tranquility 7/20/69

Apollo XII Ocean of Storms 11/19/69

Apollo XIV Sea of Clouds 2/5/71

Apollo XV Sea of Rains/Hadley Mountain 7/30/71

Apollo XVI Descartes Highlands 4/21/72

Apollo XVII Taurus Mountains 12/11/72

There is so much that I wish I could share here, and more may be added to this page as time goes on. For now, this is as far as I want to go in teaching about the space race. Things like MIR, Shuttle Missions, and other manned missions may come at a later date. For now, you should boldly move ahead to the Unmanned Space Missions page or return to Space Race Beginnings, Apollo 12-17, the Syllabus, or the Home page.

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