New Delhi, Jul. 20: Today, the euphoria is in the air, every corner and nook is celebrating, every child is dreaming about space, is because today is the historic day.
20th July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first footstep on the lunar surface. In 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 launched; sending three representatives of mankind, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on the journey to the Moon and back.
Apollo 11 reached the Moon after three days and Astronauts Neil and Buzz landed on the lunar surface, where they spent 21 hours, which marked them as ‘first human to set foot on the moon’.
Which this success, the USA becomes the 1st country to achieve moon dream and beat Russia in the space race.
This mission saw the seeds of all future space expeditions and dream of human habitation on Earth’s neighbor moon. The legacy of Apollo is still illuminating the dream of a space expedition in every young mind.
Today on #Apollo50th, let's know more about the Apollo 11 mission-
- The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by President John F Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.
- One of the most prevalent spinoffs from the entire space program was invented for Apollo-era spacesuits. It might be best known as the “space blankets” found in emergency kits and handed out at the end of marathons, but multilayer reflective insulation is more often used in less visible applications.
- Additional flight objectives included scientific exploration by the lunar module, or LM, crew; deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth; and deployment of a solar wind composition experiment, seismic experiment package and a Laser Ranging Retroreflector.
- While three men left Earth, only two, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked to the Moon. Michael Collins was the module pilot so he had to stay in the spacecraft only. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface.
- The astronauts walked around one kilometer on the surface. The foot imprints that they left are still being preserved.
- The spacecraft had landed on a flat area of the moon called the 'Sea of Tranquillity.'
- It is said there were only 30 seconds of fuel left in the spacecraft when they landed on the lunar surface.
- The spacecraft had three parts: Command Module with a cabin for the three astronauts; a Service Module which supported the command module with electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a Lunar Module for landing on the Moon.
- The command module was the only part that landed back on Earth.
- The wine was the first drink that was consumed on the lunar surface.
- An estimated 650 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took "...one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969.
NASA shared many unknown facts and memories of Apollo 11. Let's walk in the memory lane of Apollo 11 -