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Quiz: How much do you know about the history of moon exploration?

One small quiz for man…

Moon Landing 50 Years Source: AP/PA Images

NEXT WEEK WILL mark 50 years since Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon, but mankind’s fascination predates all that. 

How much do you know about the history of moon exploration?

Who discovered that the moon has mountains, pits, and other features using his early version of the telescope?
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Johannes Kepler
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Galileo Galilei

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Nicolaus Copernicus
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Edwin Hubble
In 1959 a Soviet spacecraft, Luna 1, was the first to escape the Earth’s gravity. It didn't manage to reach the moon's surface but it did reveal for the first time that the moon had no what?
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Gravity
Presence of water

Magnetic field
Scrubs
US president John F Kennedy committed the United States to land a person on the moon before the decade was complete. What year did he launch the Apollo programme?
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1960
1961

1962
1963
On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to reach the moon. Where did their Apollo 11 lunar lander touch down?
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Sea of Tranquility
Lake Placidity

Ocean of Serenity
Pond of Peace
As of 2019, every human who has stepped foot on the moon has been American and male. How many have done it?
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23
12

17
8
In 2009, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter made high-resolution maps of the lunar surface. What was the coldest temperature it recorded?
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-397°F
-537°F

-24°F
-156°F
What is the only other country - besides Russia and the US - to have landed successfully on the near side of the moon?
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India
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China

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Israel
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Japan
Spaceflight company Blue Origin announced plans to travel to the moon to set up a lunar base where people would work and live. Who is the billionaire behind the company?
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Bill Gates
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Richard Branson

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Jeff Bezos
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Larry Ellison
Who is the last person to have walked on the moon?
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Harrison Schmitt
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Neil Armstrong

Astronaut Mike Dexter
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Gene Cernan
And finally, unhappy with their position in the space race in 1958, what country came up with a plan - Project A119 - to nuke the moon?
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United States
Russia

China
England
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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Top Dog!
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Clever Cat!
Almost purrfect
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Fintastic!
Flippin' good!
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What are ewe doing!?
Baaaa here, bleat it out
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Turtley Awful!
A shell of a bad effort
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