The USA won the Race to the moon when Neil Armstrong set foot on its surface in 1969. His “small step” on the moon was watched by the whole world. Apollo 17, the last manned flight to the moon, took off on 7 December 1972. On board were astronauts Gene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt. The aim of the 12-day mission was to examine lunar rock from the untouched uplands. Cernan immortalised his daughter by writing her initials in the moondust, but he also broke several records: the longest lunar landing, records for distance and speed, the longest extravehicular activity, the biggest ever sample of lunar rock and the longest time spent in orbit around the moon. He was also the last person to travel beyond the Earth’s orbit.

Audi is now heading towards the next stage in humanity’s greatest adventure in collaboration with Berlin-based start-up PTScientists. They are following in the wake of Apollo 17 by launching the first ever private moon mission. Touchdown is scheduled for 2019 – at the very same place that Cernan and his team landed 45 years ago. The mission objective: explore the moon as a potential future human habitat and find out more about the Earth’s satellite. The Audi lunar quattro vehicles will be playing a key role in this spectacular mission – driven by the legendary quattro drive. They have been perfected in every respect for exploring the ‘eighth continent’: built using lightweight construction and equipped with quattro technology, driven by a powerful, solar-supplied e-tron engine, they will move sure-footedly and defy the extreme conditions of their environment, following in Cernan’s footsteps 384,400 km away from their home planet. Leaving their tracks in the moondust. And writing the next chapter in the history of the moon.

Mission to the Moon:
from the human project to the humanity project

Best-selling author Frank Schätzing offers insight into 4 billion years of human history and demonstrates the evolutionary necessity of space travel. From the first visionaries to the pioneers of the modern age. Together they have all propelled the greatest adventure of human history: the trip to the moon. Now the time has come to head for new horizons – driven by cutting-edge technology and our ancient genetic heritage: the human pioneering spirit.

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