It’s been nearly 40 years since the first person set foot on lunar soil.
But this push for human exploration of the Moon was cut short after only 3 years, when Apollo 17 left in 1972. No one has walked on the surface since.
Now we’re going back to the Moon. A host of countries around the world are launching missions over the coming year. China, India and Japan are competing alongside the US to become the next nation to reach the surface.
In this two-part series, former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman looks at this new global space race.
What are the political and social factors behind this return to the Moon?
Jeff Hoffman examines the development of the new Asian space-powers - China, India and Japan.
Plus he asks whether today’s missions are being driven by competition or collaboration?