It is 50 years since the Apollo programme put human feet on the Moon.


Perhaps what's most remarkable is that no human has returned to the lunar surface since.

The Apollo programme started in 1961 and ran until 1968, and it's difficult to comprehend how so much was achieved in so short a time.

According to the official report to congress in 1973, the Apollo programme cost $25.4 billion (approximately £20 billion). In today's money that equates to over $167 billion (£131.6 billion).

It was the third US human spaceflight programme carried out by NASA, employing over 400,000 people.


Images of Apollo astronauts on the Moon are well known. Our gallery includes images that show what life was like for those involved in the Apollo missions, both behind the scenes and on the world stage.