How Humanity Mapped the Moon Over 300 Years

London Map House mapping moon exhibition

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As countries and corporations get ready for a second space race, London’s Map House has mounted a timely show on how humans have represented our closest celestial neighbor.

In March of this year, vice president Mike Pence declared that the U.S. would put astronauts back on the Moon within the next five years. Meanwhile, space exploration teams from China, Israel, Japan, India, and the European Space Agency are planning lunar arrivals over the next half-decade. Add to this the plans of varying credibility from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, and it seems that fifty years since Apollo 11’s historic landing on the Moon, our local satellite is making a return to the people of Earth’s geopolitical consciousness. This flurry of activity building into Space Race 2.0 will inevitably have its implications back on Earth, but most dramatic will surely be the first built environments on the landscape of the Moon, a world untouched (barring some spaceship detritus, a falcon feather, and a few other oddities)…

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