Race to the Moon: the manned missions to lunar surface

China and US locked in battle for future dominance of Earth's satellite and its precious resources

Artemis II Commander Reid Wiseman, Pilot Victor Glover, Mission Specialist Christina Koch and Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen talk to reporters outside the West Wing
Nasa's Artemis team had planned to orbit the Moon this year, and land on its surface next year, but the missions have been delayed over safety concerns
(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Several giant leaps for mankind are in the works as the global race to put people on the Moon for the first time since the Apollo missions heats up. 

This week Japan hopes to become the fifth country, after the US, China, Russia and India, to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. But so far, only US astronauts – 12 men in total – have set foot on the Moon's surface.  

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