It’s been fifty years this week since Apollo 11 landed on the moon! Here’s 8 fascinating (oh, yes they are!) facts that you may or may not know related to the moon landing, or nine if you count this sentence.
In the 1960’s, millions tuned in to their television sets to see the first man on the moon in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.
In this decade, millions also tuned into their televisions to see the man on the moon in the 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad.
Theresa May tells us that Donald Trump referred to the Moon Landing, possibly unintentionally, when they met early last year and he said to her, “That’s one giant leap for mankind, so can you hold my hand please?!”
Old maps of the Moon and stars are being shared by Cambridge University to mark the lunar landing anniversary, including a map created by NASA and the United States Geological Survey for the Apollo 11 mission.
The map isn’t of any use for future missions going to the moon as it’s moved around a fair bit since then.
The Apollo 11 mission to the moon brought back small pieces of moon rock and many bits of moon dirt…
…which lead to the Apollo 12 mission being modified to include a door mat.
The Queen wrote a letter on Buckingham Palace headed notepaper which the Apollo 11 astronauts read on the moon.
But she didn’t get a reply as none of the astronauts had thought to take any stamps with them.
Scientists estimate that man has left over 413,000-lbs of space junk on the moon.
To make a start on clearing it all up, the next American moon expedition will take at least one woman.
Chocolatiers at Cadbury World have created a 40lb “Choco-ollo 11” model to mark the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on the moon.
It’s expected to take-off when they give it a Boost.
July 20, 1969 – [4:17 p.m. EDT] Apollo 11 becomes the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon.
Many Russian’s, arguably quite rightly, feel that the American’s have over-hyped the achievement of getting a man on the moon to the point that its unfairly overshadowed their achievement of getting the first man into space. And let’s not even touch upon how aggrieved dogs feel about the lack of celebrations for Laika.
Laika, the first animal to orbit the Earth, died after she ran out of oxygen in space. Even if everything had worked perfectly, and if she had been lucky enough to have plenty of food, water and oxygen, she would have died when the spaceship re-entered the atmosphere after it’s 2,570 orbits.
Although many Russians prefer to believe their county’s official story that Laika is still living happily on a space farm they’ve built on the moon.