30+ Amazing Facts About Apollo 11

2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Humen being is fascinated with the moon from a very early day. In many ancient civilizations, people worshiped the moon, and many civilizations used the lunar calendar to count day, month, and year. Reaching the Moon has been a long perished dream for man. In the year 1957 Soviet Sputnik reached the Orbit of the Earth, and it was the first successful space mission for humankind. Around 12 years after that in 1969, humankind landed on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the mission that brought us to the lunar surface that was launched by the US.

This was a step that changed the course of human history. The Moon we have seen floating in the sky for thousands of years was explored to us. The mission was successfully operated by three astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. There are many cool and interesting facts about the mission Apollo 11. Let's check out some of them.

President John F. Kennedy. the first publically addressed the mission to reach the moon on May 25, 1961.

Apollo 11 was the fifth crewed mission for NASA.

All of the Apollo 11 crew had prior spaceflight experience.

Katherine Johnson worked out the way for the Apollo 11's route to the moon. She also worked on plans for a mission to Mars.

For every crew member of the Apollo 11 it was the second and the last spaceflight.

Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket. It was also used to launch the first American space station.

Apollo spacecraft has three parts, a command module (CM), a service module (SM), and a lunar module (LM).

The lunar module that landed on the moon was called the Eagle.

The launch of Apollo 11 was telecasted in 33 countries.

In the Us over 25 million people witnessed the scene of the launch on television.

Apollo 11 had to travel 240,000 miles to reach the moon.

It took 76 hours to reach the moon.

The place on the moon where the lunar module Eagle was landed is called the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility.

The first words from the moon to us was "The Eagle has landed". Neil A. Armstrong said the legendary line.

Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. While Collins was waiting for them on the command module.

Right at 10:56 p.m., Armstrong made his first step on the moon as the first human being ever.

Aldrin landed on the moon as the second human 19 minutes after Armstrong.

Both of the astronauts talked with President Richard Nixon from the moon.

After being on the moon for 2 hours and 15 minutes, Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the lunar module.

Armstrong and Aldrin slept that night on the moon.

In total Armstrong and Aldrin stayed on the moon for 21 hours, 36 minutes.

Armstrong left about 100 objects on the moon, including a plaque "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon—July 1969 A.D.—We came in peace for all mankind." written on it.

Armstrong and Aldrin successfully rejoined Collins at 5:35 p.m.

Apollo 11 started its journey to home at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 and landed in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 p.m. on July 24.

It took 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes to reach the moon and safely return to earth.

Armstrong and Aldrin left 12 pairs of shoes on the moon, they also left some camera and films behind.

Armstrong said that it was easies walking on the moon than the simulations made on the earth. He famously said from there "even perhaps easier than the simulations ... It's absolutely no trouble to walk around."

President Nixon talked with Armstrong from the oval room.

22 kilograms of lunar material was brought to earth by the Apollo 11 mission.

The cost of the Apollo 11 mission was $355 million then. Much more in today's money.

Michael Collins was not in the team of the Apollo 11 crew initially.

The total mass of the Apollo 11 spacecraft was 45,702 kg when it started from earth. When it returned the mass of the spacecraft was 4,932 kg, around one-tenth from the beginning.

"one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" it was the line said by Armstrong when he stepped on the moon.

Armstrong brought a piece of wood from the Wright brothers' 1903 Wright Flyer's left propeller and a piece of fabric from its wing with him to the moon.

All three astronauts of the Apollo 11 had to be in quarantine for three weeks to avoid any possible risk of contamination.

Astronauts stayed one week in the Apollo spacecraft even after returning to earth.

One camera that had been used to capture images of the first Moon landing was found that was thought to be lost. It was found inside a white bad in one Armstrong's closets after his death.

Apollo 11 created history by successfully landing on the moon. In the history of space aviation, Apollo 11 was a milestone. Apollo 11 is one of the greatest achievements of science. A deep respect for all made possible the Apollo 11 mission successful.