From the dream of exploring the universe to the reality of a beginning of the space age. The first moon landing was a remarkable event in the history of mankind. It gave us the thought of exploring other planets and setting human colonies beyond our land. It also gave rise to the Sci-fi genre which talked about aliens, time travel and black holes. This first landing on the surface of the moon was accomplished by both man and robots. Today, MerrySpell team will enlighten you with some of the most interesting facts about the Moon Landing.
1. Apollo 11
Apollo 11 was the spacecraft used in the first moon landing mission. This advanced spacecraft was divided into three separate parts; A command module which had a cabin and decent amount of space for three astronauts, a service module that steered the command module with propulsion and lastly the Lunar Module which landed on the Moon.
2. The first man and the exact time
It was American Astronaut Neil Armstrong who took the first step on the surface of the moon. This event happened exactly on 20th July 1969 at 21:18 (UTC). After landing to the moon he spent two and a half hours exploring the moon. This event was quite remarkable for its time considering the fact that some countries didn’t even have equal voting rights in 1969.
3. The crew of Apollo 11
Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin were sent inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft to explore the moon.
4. The Lunar Material brought back to Earth
In the mission to explore the moon, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin had collected around 21.5 kg of lunar material. Later, the special scientists conducted special research to investigate the nature of the collected materials.
5. Low on fuel
When the spacecraft was near the moon, Apollo 11 had to land in the “West Crater” due to low fuel. The astronauts inside the shuttle were given the low fuel warning. However, it was Armstrong who took control of the spacecraft and landed anyway in the West Crater.
6. The famous speech from the moon
Everyone is well accustomed to the famous line “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. This line has been used in countless movies, books and TV shows. Armstrong delivered this line when he stepped out of Eagle’s footpad of the spacecraft.
7. Celebrations to celebrate the great achievement
After the return of the astronauts from the mission. Their success was celebrated by being ridden in parades in their honour through New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. There’s a huge official state Dinner in Los Angeles to celebrate their flight towards the moon.
8. The Race to Moon
The Soviets were the biggest player in the space race. Just three days before the launch of Apollo 11, the Soviet had launched their own spacecraft called Luna 15 to explore the moon. It even reached the lunar orbit before Apollo 11. However, due to a malfunction the Luna 15 crashed in Mare Crisium just two hours before Armstrong and his team took off from Earth.