Who has landed on the moon? (Beginner)

I need to know how many men landed actually on Moon, and identifying them also.

All in all, 12 American men have landed on the moon in the period between 1969 and 1972. 12 additional American men have orbited the Moon. Their names and respective missions are:

  • Apollo 8 (orbiter): Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., William Anders.
  • Apollo 10 (orbiter): Eugene Cernan, John Young, Thomas Stafford.
  • Apollo 11: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins (orbiter only), Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.
  • Apollo 12: Charles Conrad, Jr., Richard F. Gordon (orbiter only), Alan L. Bean
  • Apollo 14: Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Stuart A. Roosa (orbiter only), Edgar D. Mitchell
  • Apollo 15: David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden (orbiter only), James B. Irwin
  • Apollo 16: James W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly II (orbiter only), Charles M. Duke, Jr.
  • Apollo 17: Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans (orbiter only), Harrison H. Schmitt

All this information as well as information about other missions to the moon can be found here.

The Apollo 13 mission was unable to orbit or land due to an accident that aborted the mission - but thankfully the astronauts were able to return safely to Earth. Though they are not on the list above because they didn't orbit or land, they did take a "circumlunar trajectory" that took them to the far side of the Moon and brought them within about 150 miles of the lunar surface. They were able to take photographs of the lunar surface and, given all that they experienced, it's fair to say that they "went" to the Moon even though they didn't orbit or land! The crew of Apollo 13 were James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise.

Page last updated on June 25, 2015, by Ann Martin.

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Lisa graduated from Cornell in May 2004 with a Bachelors in Astronomy. While here she studied frost streaks on Mars and the substructures in the Virgo Cluster. She is now a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of Maryland.

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