Who was the first woman on the Moon?

Unfortunately, no woman has visited the Moon.  At the time of Apollo (1969-72), there were no women in the U.S. astronaut corps.  The 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon were Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan Bean, Gene Cernan, Pete Conrad, Moss Duke, James Irwin, Stuart Roosa, Jack Schmidt, Dave Scotts, Al Shepard, and Jim Young.  For a dramatic telling of the Apollo story, I recommend the book “A Man on the Moon” by Andrew Chaikin, and the HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon,” both of which should be in your local library.

David Morrison

NLSI Interim Director

October 22, 2007

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