Inspiring infographic showcases every trip to the Moon EVER

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

With all the attention out there on Mars, and the fancy new Curiosity rover rolling around the Red Planet, it's easy to forget humanity's original fascination with outer space—the moon.

Though it's been a few decades since we've bothered to visit our old lunar stomping grounds, we sure spent a lot of time and effort getting there the first few times.

To remind us of our spacefaring successes (and failures) in getting to the moon, Fast Company has posted an epic, two-part infographic that showcases every mission ever attempted to land on/fly-by/study the moon.

The ultra-detailed graphics were compiled by university student Margot Trundell as part of her graduate thesis.

As you can see, it took a lot of starts and false starts until we finally dropped Neil Armstrong on a celestial body in 1969, and it's interesting to see the missions and studies that have continued even to this day.

Check out the infographics below and let us know what you think:

(Via Fast Company)