2069: A CENTURY ON THE MOON

On July the 21st 1969 the first human landed on the Moon. Six hundred million people watched the blurred images of Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on television: the reduced gravity made then look awkward as the ambled in the Mare Tranquillitatis raising clouds of dust. It was the first world vision. At the time world population numbered 3.6 billion people, now we are over twice as many. That year the law on divorce and riots with the ‘hot autumn’ came to Italy , general de Gaulle resigned in France and Gaddafi took power in Libya. The US were in the midst of the Viet Nam war. As he took the last step on the steps to Moon from the Lunar Module, Armstrong said "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."Has there really been a leap? What s the future of Moon exploration? What will the world celebrating 100 years from Armstrong look like?


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Adrian Fartade

Science Historian and Populariser

Adrian Fartade

Adrian Fartade graduated in History and Philosophy from The University of Siena and researches the history of astronomy. He is a science populariser and is present on Facebook Link2universe and on the Link4universe YouTube channel narrating the most recent astronomy and space discoveries, presenting them in an accessible and amusing manner. He also a theatre actor and is specialised in monologues in planetariums, schools and theatres in Italy. He has written “A piedi nudi su Marte” (Rizzoli, 2018).