Amazing facts about the Apollo Moon missions which you never knew
On July 16th 1969, man first set foot on the moon. It was a defining moment in history and since then the Apollo missions have become famous as a project that is synonymous with evolving space technology. The moon mission which included the three astronauts; Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins was Apollo’s third mission. However even as decades have slipped by, so has the buzz and popularity of such a significant moment decreased to many not knowing much about it. Here are 12 facts about Apollo moon missions made by the US over the years.
1 What Neil Armstrong really said?
Neil Armstrong admitted he never really said the famous line attributed to him in the manner as we know today. The popular version is ““That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. But what he really said was “that’s one small step for a man”.
2 President Nixon had already written a tribute speech in case they didn’t make it
President Nixon had prepared for the worst and his speech writer also prepared a tribute speech in case the astronauts never made it back alive. Here are the profound lines from his speech “In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.”
3 Kangaroo Hopping on the Moon
Neil Armstrong was the first to step foot on the moon after which he was joined by Aldrin. While spending time collecting samples they devised and experimented ways and means to travel around the moonscape through jumping, skipping and even kangaroo hopping.
4 Improvising on a technical error
After they had finished collecting samples, Aldrin and Armstrong returned to the lunar vehicle but Aldrin noticed a circuit breaker lying on the floor. That was a major component required to trigger the engine. Without it they would have been stranded. By morning, despite of informing mission control. Aldrin decided to resolve it on his own. He pushed his felt tipped pen into the aperture where the circuit breaker was supposed to fit. The pen had held and they were able to blast off from the lunar surface.
5 100 items were discarded on the moon
Along with the flag, The Apollo 11 astronauts also left approximately 100 items on the moon. Some of them included a commemorative plaque, an olive branch replica made from gold, urine containers, a camera and air sickness bags. The offloading was required to create space for the samples collected.
6 Neil Armstrong chose a unique way to provide for his family in wake of his death
An interesting fact about Apollo moon missions is that Neil Armstrong couldn’t afford a life insurance plan. He and the other astronauts hit upon another plan. During their quarantine period, they signed hundreds of photos which they gave to a friend. In the event of their death, the friend ws instructed to mark the autographs with the date of the Apollo launch. This was to be given to the astronauts families so they could sell them and earn money.
7 The camera was accidently destroyed
In the second lunar landing, astronauts took a color camera with them. Unfortunately it was destroyed as it touched the lunar surface because Alan Bean while setting up the camera pointed it at the sun by mistake.
8 Alan Shepard played golf on the moon
Commander Alan Shephard played golf on the moon with a golf club that was attached to equipment used for collecting samples. Shepard could only swing with one hand as his suit limited flexibility.
9 It wasn’t easy to drive around the moon
On the Apollo mission’s fourth moon landing, a rover accompanied the lunar module. Astronauts could now drive all over the moon. However it wasn’t easy driving around on the rover because of gravity. On earth, astronauts along with their suits were held down by gravity which wasn’t present much on the moon. Humans weigh just 1/6th of their weight on the moon. Commander David Scott ended up in a reclining position in the seat.
10 Problems with the Rover
According to facts about Apollo moon missions, Astronauts had a limited supply of oxygen and so can only spend a limited time on the moon. The rover’s role in combating this was he allowing astronauts to cover large distances. Unfortunately during the final mission, Commander Eugene Cernan while walking past the rover got his hammer caught in it resulting in damaging the fender. The astronauts were covered in Moon dust because of the mishap.