Small guide to the moon

"Experience an unforgettable vacation on the moon: Relax during extended walks through finest lunar dust, enjoy the distinctive landscape of craters, lunar lakes and mountains or go on an adventurous search for traces on the lunar surface. Early bookers now get a free spacesuit and rental moon car – so grab it quick!"

A travel brochure of the future could look something like this. Maybe already in a few decades the first tourists will spend their vacations on the moon. But not all moon trips are the same: Whether for those interested in sports or education, there will be something to suit every taste in the respective lunar regions.

Our three lunar routes as seen from Earth

Route 1: Sightseeing in Armstrong’s footsteps

Here you walk in the footsteps of the First Man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The tour starts at Tranquillity Base. This is the spot on the moon that first came into contact with a human being. That was more than 35 years ago, on 20. July 1969. But even today, the remains of the expedition are still visible: The U.S. flag that Armstrong left behind is lying on the ground, next to a few other utensils that the moon crew left behind: boots, urine bags and food wrappers, for example. And of course the legendary footprints of Armstrong, which are preserved forever on the lunar surface, unless a meteorite destroys them – an absolute must for every photo album!

From here, the moon car continues northeast, passing a four-kilometer-wide crater called Armstrong to the wreck of the "Ranger 8" probe, which hit this spot in 1965 – just a few years before the first manned moon flight. The remains are still visible. About 60 kilometers further southwest you will find the landing site of the "Surveyor 5", which landed here in 1967 to explore the surface of the moon.

Small travel guide to the moon

Route 2: A paradise for mountaineers

Small travel guide to the moon

Climbing enthusiasts will enjoy the region around Tycho, one of the most famous lunar craters. 85 kilometers in size is the hole that a meteorite impact drilled into the lunar surface 108 million years ago. The area is more suitable than any other for an extended crater exploration tour. Starting point is the 2400 meter high central mountain in the middle of the crater. From here you will get an impressive panoramic view over the whole gorge up to its crater walls which are about 5000 meters high.

After the descent you cross the crater plain to the north and enjoy the unique landscape of various rock formations up to the crater wall. Of course, you have to conquer it – after all, this is an expedition for scrambling enthusiasts! But don’t worry: The gravitational force on the moon is much lower than on earth, so that conquering the 5000 meter peak should not be any more difficult for you than an 800 meter high hill on earth would be. The most difficult thing is to keep the balance. At the top the next phenomena are waiting for you: Stony moon lakes. Here you can recover a little from the mountain tour. Or right behind it the moon probe "Surveyor 7" view.

Route 3: Polar expedition for survivalists

Small guide to the moon

Extreme sports experience and a good physical condition are absolute prerequisites for this trip! We start on the 8000 meter high "Malapert Mountain". Here you are needed as a survival artist. Because the sun rarely appears here. Of course you have to get used to the darkness first. You should orientate yourself by the stars, the sun and the earth – because a compass doesn’t work on the moon.

From Malapert Mountain you head towards the South Pole. Shortly before you reach your destination, a mountain range rises to your right. A detour to the top is worthwhile in any case. Because on top of the "Peaks of Eternal Light" (summit of eternal light) awaits you sun almost non-stop. After sunbathing the descent takes place and then it is: "Welcome to the south pole of the moon!"

If that wasn’t extreme enough for you, you can now descend into the Shackleton crater – with a width of 2600 kilometers and a depth of over eight kilometers, it is the largest known crater in the solar system. The further you descend, the darker and colder it gets – minus 170 degrees Celsius are not uncommon here. So always keep the spacesuit warm! But the freezing is not in vain: At the bottom you can find remains of comet impacts: Water Ice. If this is not a great souvenir from a trip to the moon!

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