Facts about Landing on the Moon
On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 became the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. This spacecraft had a crew of three astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The crew travelled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in approximately 76 hours. After visiting the moon the strong odour of the lunar dust surprised all three astronauts the most. The moon dust gathered in the creases of their spacesuit when they were conducting experiments on the surface.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- Before the Apollo 11 mission, all the three astronauts signed hundreds of autographs. If anything bad was to happen to them then their signatures could make some money to support their families.
- The commander of Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong described the scent of moon dust somewhat similar to wet ashes in a fireplace.
- The moment Neil Armstrong stepped foot onto the moon, he said “That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for the mankind.
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on the lunar surface for about 21 hours, 36 minutes and 21 seconds.
- The television audience for the event of moon landing was approximately 600 million according to an estimate.
- Buzz Aldrin is the first person and so far the only person who participated in the Christian ritual of Communion on the Moon.
- After conduction various experiments on the surface of moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the Lunar Module to find a broken switch of a circuit breaker.
- This switch was important to ignite the engine. Later Aldrin used a pen to create a make-shift switch and luckily it worked.