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Top 10: Videos from the Moon landings

10. Singing on the moon

Astronauts Jack Schmitt and Gene Cernan break into song during the Apollo 17 mission of December 1972.

9. Bunny hopping on the moon

Gene Cernan discovers a new and easier way to get around on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission by jumping with two feet rather than more traditional walking methods.

8. Alan Shepard plays golf

Becoming the first and only person to play golf on the Moon, Alan Shepard takes a couple of shots during the Apollo 14 mission.

7. Armstrong and Aldrin unveil lunar plaque

Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin unveil a plaque left behind on the Apollo 11 mission, which finishes by stating: “We came in peace for all mankind.”

6. Hammer throw

Astronaut Jack Schmitt throws his geology hammer into the distance before Apollo 17 takes off after pleading for permission.

5. Galileo proved corrrect

During the Apollo 15 mission, commander David Scott drops a hammer and feather simultaneously to show that, in a vacuum, all objects fall at the same speed with an absence of air resistance, proving Galileo’s hypothesis.

4. Astronaut takes a tumble

Proving just how difficult it is to cope with the Moon’s weak gravity whilst wearing top-heavy space suits, Jack Schmitt has a couple of falls during the Apollo 17 mission before being called “twinkletoes” by mission control.

3. On board a lunar rover

Astronaut John Young takes the lunar rover out for a spin on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission of April 1972. Although only designed to reach about 8mph (13kph), Young unofficially holds the Lunar Land Speed Record of 11mph (18kph).

2. First man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on another celestial body at 0256 GMT on 21 July 1969. Many people believe that he fluffed his famous lines as he stepped on to the surface, missing out the “a” as he proclaimed it was “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” However, listen closely and you can almost make out an “a” just after he said “for”, and Armstrong later insisted that he did say “a man”. What do you think?

1. Last humans on the Moon

Marking the end of NASA’s missions to the Moon, the ascent stage of Apollo 17’s Lunar Module takes off on 14 December 1972. On board were Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Eugene “Gene” Cernan, the last humans to set foot on the Moon. The footage was taken by a camera on the lunar rover left behind on the surface, tracked manually by mission control on Earth.