For years, it was believed that the Moon was devoid of any significant surface water. And as a result, it seemed unlikely that our planet’s sole natural satellite would be capable of supporting life. Now, however, NASA scientists have found definite evidence of water, and the discovery could have major implications for the future of space travel.
It’s safe to say that the Moon has been an object of human fascination for many thousands of years. It was only with advances in science and technology in the 20th century, though, that we were actually able to get close to the astronomical body. And even mow we’re still learning new things about the Moon all the time.
It was the Soviet Union that first set its sights on the Moon in the 1950s. And in 1959 the country succeeded in coming close to the interplanetary body with their spacecraft Luna 1. The Russians went a step further that year, when Luna 2 became the first man-made artifact to reach the Moon. And it was also in 1959 that Luna 3 took the first ever photos of the far side of the Moon.