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The Moon has played a profound role in human history and the development of human civilization.

The exploration of the Moon became a reality with the development of rockets as a means of human transportation.

The Soviet Union took a commanding early lead in the Space Race and pioneered lunar exploration.

The Gemini program gave the United States crucial experience on the way to the Moon.

The Apollo expeditions transformed our understanding of the Solar System and paved the way to the future.

The Clementine and Lunar Prospector missions in the 1990s gave us our first global views of the Moon's composition and resources.

Returning humans to the Moon is the necessary first step on the way to Mars and beyond!