Forty-five years after the first landing, humans still don’t know what to do with the moon.
Back in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s July 20 landmark touchdown on the moon was meant to be the beginning of something big. But in 1972, after 10 more astronauts followed in their footsteps, the Apollo programme was decommissioned, and no one has been back since.
But it’s not as if no one had thought of it. The most recent effort to return astronauts to the moon ended in 2010 when the Obama White House axed an underfunded programme called Constellation initiated by the previous administration.