50 Years Later: Things About The Moon Landing You May Not Know
July 20, 1969 humans made their first journey into the final frontier, landing Apollo 11 on the Moon. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr, arrived on the moon at 8:17 UTC. One of the most historic events in human history, practically everyone in America is aware of this monumental achievement. Here are some facts about the moon landing that you may not know according to citizentruth.org
1. Fuel scare: When they landed they reportedly only had 25 seconds left of fuel left in the tank.
2. The Flag: It is common knowledge that Neil Armstrong planted a flag on the lunar surface, it's not common knowledge to know that the flag was bought for $5 from Sears by one of NASA's secretaries. According to pictures from the lunar surface in 2012, the flag is still hanging there. Pretty quality stuff from Sears.
3. Jobs on board: Neil Armstrong is most well known as the first man to step on the moon. But he was not photographed actually on the surface. What many people don't know is, he was also the designated photographer for the excursion. Most of the photos you see are actually of Buzz Aldrin.
4. The legendary line: One Small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, we've all heard it, we've all said it at one point. Turns out it's actually a misquote. Due to the dated technology, the actual quote was "one small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind. While not a big change, it's still an interesting piece of human history.
5. The big mix up: when returning from space, they brought back 46 lbs of moon rocks, to this day they are still being studied. About a decade ago, the original bag that held the moon rocks coming back from the mission was mistakenly sold at auction. They did not discover the mistake until the woman who bought the bag (for just under $1,000) sent it to be authenticated. When they discovered their mistake, they refused to return the bag to the woman. She in turn, sued NASA, WON the trial, and sold the bag for nearly 2 million.
And finally, it is believed that the technology in your smartphone is 10x more powerful than the computer on the Apollo spaceship. They used that technology to get to the moon. Imagine what you can do with yours.
Go out, aim for the stars, do great things.