11 Strange Facts You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing | Astronotes
Rivals Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin deploy the US flag on the moon in For there was little harmony between the two, amid a bitter rivalry Now the story of the lunar landing, as well as the astronauts' frosty relations. Armstrong and Aldrin were the first astronauts to successfully land the Lunar may have been a little awkward given their previously rocky relationship. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were heading out to explore the Moon around the Moon (without landing) sometime between and The Surprising Reason Neil Armstrong — And Not Buzz Aldrin — Was The First Person On The Moon. Dina Spector. Jul. 20, , AM. Apollo 11 astronaut .
One thing that surprised the astronauts who visited the Moon was the strong odour of the lunar dust which they were only able to smell when they got back inside the Lunar Module.
After coming into contact with oxygen for the first time inside the Lunar Module, the four billion years old moon dust produced a pungent smell.
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As most of the astronauts had a military history they could compare the aroma to that of gun powder. This distinct smell remains a mystery as moon dust and gun powder have no similar compounds and the exact explanation remains unknown.
Suit for a moonwalk Image credit: The kind of expertise required seems beyond our general understanding. The spacesuits that the astronauts wore in the Apollo 11 missions were made by little old ladies, a bit like the ones in the Shreddies advert.
Hamilton Standard blamed the ILC causing the fashion company to lose their contract. A handful of retired ILC employees saw their chance and broke into their old offices, stealing back their original suit designs that had previously been overlooked. After a lot of hard work the employees submitted their design to NASA who were impressed. As you can imagine, in the microgravity of space, there are a few things you would have great difficulty with.
Well as you can imagine everything in microgravity floats and when I say everything I mean everything…therefore going to spend a penny in space is not easy. Nowadays astronauts staying in the International Space Station have a specially designed toilet that they can seatbelt themselves onto whilst a suction device can aid them with any waste disposal.
Some claim that this minor fault actually pushed the LM four miles off from where it was originally supposed to land. Aldrin climbing down the ladder. Armstrong took it with him on Apollo Site 2 was chosen.
These were the result of two years' worth of studies based on high-resolution photography of the lunar surface by the five unmanned probes of the Lunar Orbiter program and information about surface conditions provided by the Surveyor program. Scientific value was not a consideration.
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The original requirement that the site be free of craters had to be relaxed, as no such site was found. The site needed to be smooth, with relatively few craters; with approach paths free of large hills, tall cliffs or deep craters that might confuse the landing radar and cause it to issue incorrect readings; reachable with a minimum amount of propellant; allowing for delays in the launch countdown; providing the Apollo spacecraft with a free-return trajectory, one that would allow it to coast around the Moon and safely return to Earth without requiring any engine firings should a problem arise on the way to the Moon; with good visibility during the landing approach, meaning that the Sun would be between 7 and 20 degrees behind the LM; and a general slope of less than 2 degrees in the landing area.
In MayApollo 10's lunar module flew to within 15 kilometers 9. The final decision was largely driven by the lunar module's hatch location. Because the astronauts had their spacesuits on and the spacecraft was so small, maneuvering to exit the spacecraft was difficult.
The crew tried a simulation in which Aldrin left the spacecraft first, but he damaged the simulator while attempting to egress. While this was enough for mission planners to make their decision, Aldrin and Armstrong were left in the dark on the decision until late spring. The only change in the configuration of the command module was the removal of some insulation from the forward hatch. At on May 20, the 5,tonne 5,long-ton; 6,short-ton assembly departed the Vehicle Assembly Building atop the crawler-transporterbound for Launch Pad 39A, part of Launch Complex 39while Apollo 10 was still on its way to the Moon.
A countdown test commenced on June 26, and concluded on July 2. The launch complex was floodlit on the night of July 15, when the crawler-transporter carried the mobile service structure back to its parking area. They then donned their space suits and began breathing pure oxygen. Atthey headed out to Launch Complex Along with a technician, he helped Armstrong into the left hand couch at Five minutes later, Collins joined him, taking up his position on the right hand couch.
Finally, Aldrin entered, taking the center couch. The closeout crew then left the launch complex about an hour before launch time. The countdown became automated at three minutes and twenty seconds before launch time.
Dignitaries included the Chief of Staff of the United States ArmyGeneral William Westmorelandfour cabinet members19 state governors40 mayors60 ambassadors and congressmen. He stopped drinking in and has been sober ever since. He and his third wife, Lois, celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on Valentine's day this year. Nevertheless, he is still troubled by the demands of worldwide celebrity and the many ways in which he feels he has been exploited since Apollo.
He has had a long-running dispute with the Omega over the use of pictures of him wearing one of their watches on the Moon, for which he has never been paid. More recently, he was exasperated when Disney appropriated his name for the character Buzz Lightyear in the hit movie Toy Story.
He could sue, but knows it would reflect badly on him: You don't want to challenge their lawyers — for sure, you're going to lose. I have gained so much by facing adversity. I had a shrink who said, 'Buzz, you are so lucky that you had to change, to grow. You are a better person now. I have a lot of frailties, a lot of shortcomings, but I am a much more productive person now than I ever was at the peak of my astronaut career.