What was the first meal on the moon?
Posted on July 15, 2019, at 3:48 p.m. ET
“Okay. Neil, we can see you coming down the ladder now.”
“You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.”
“Captain America here blew the landing by 26 miles!”
“Look on the bright side. We’ll all have high schools named after us.”
NASA’s full response was: “Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.”
He stayed aboard the lander as safety manager while they moonwalked.
He suffered from space sickness and couldn’t leave the lander.
He flew a command module overhead instead.
They only brought two space suits.
Collins flew the command module. “I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed,” he told NASA in 2009.
punch a guy
play a DJ set
wet his spacesuit
Buzz is one of a kind — with a doctorate in astronautics, he developed spacecraft rendezvous and spacewalking techniques still used today. He was also the first person to “piss his pants on the moon,” he says. He did punch a moon landing denier in 2002 — on Earth.
Not so small at more than a meter, more of a hop than a step.
About twice as strong
The same, things just weigh less there in pounds
About a third as strong
About a sixth as strong
Lunar gravity is 17% of Earth’s gravity, about one-sixth as strong.
To beat the Russians
To secure lunar mining rights
To see the dark side of the moon
It was a precursor to Mars mission
“Everything that we do should be tied into getting on to the Moon ahead of the Russians,” President John F. Kennedy told NASA chief James Webb in 1962. “Otherwise we shouldn’t be spending this kind of money, because I am not that interested in space.”
1 minute, 14 seconds
Actually there was a spare fuel tank
Only 30 seconds, making it a pretty close thing. “At about that time, you know, you really start to suck air,” Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz told Space.com.
The tallest rocket launched
The heaviest rocket launched
The most powerful rocket launched
The tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever successfully launched
Fifty years later, the Saturn V remains the champ, only now facing bigger challengers such as SpaceX’s BFR rocket and NASA’s SLS rocket, in development.
Bacon coated with gelatin to prevent crumbs, according to Smithsonian. Also, the astronauts had coffee.
“You can see the Stars and Stripes on the lunar surface.”
“I claim this moon for Richard Nixon.”
“Watch the cable. Lift up right foot. Your right foot is still hooked in it.”
“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The first one, although planting the flag wasn’t easy. A few moments later, Buzz Aldrin did warn Armstrong about his right foot being stuck (the third answer) under a cable.
The bottom half of their lander
Buzz Aldrin’s space boots
Four “defecation collection device(s)”
$31.31 in currency from various nations
The astronauts left behind more than 100 items, according to New Mexico State University space archaeologists, the largest being the descent module of their lander, no longer needed after landing. They didn’t leave any cash, but Buzz Aldrin later claimed $31.31 in travel expenses.
NASA estimates that the Apollo program cost $19.4 billion in 1960–1973 dollars, which, conservatively adjusted for inflation, would be $111.7 billion in 2019 (some estimates go higher). NASA now says it can get it done for much less than $8 billion a year for the next five years.
Andy Warhol and Carl Sagan
Doyle Dane Bernbach, the advertisers behind the 1960s Volkswagen Beetle campaign
The Walt Disney Corporation
Astronaut Jim Lovell suggested an eagle and Apollo 11’s astronauts filled in the rest of the design, with approval from their boss, Bob Gilruth, according to NASA.
George H.W. Bush
We’ve heard this one before, as former vice president (and then president) George H.W. Bush called for a US moon base in a 1989 speech, a vice presidential refrain most recently voiced in March by Mike Pence.
“For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.”
“These astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more.”
“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon.”
Nixon was prepared to read the first answer in a speech prepared in case Armstrong and Aldrin were stranded on the moon. Of the others, the second is from a speech by Ronald Reagan on the loss of the crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, and the third is from a speech by George W. Bush on the loss of the crew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. The last one is a recent tweet from Donald Trump on Mike Pence’s birthday.
“We came in peace for all mankind.”
“We claim this moon for Richard Nixon.”
“The Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.”
“The first woman and the next man on the Moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets, from American soil.“
The plaque read: “We came in peace for all mankind,” the language cribbed from NASA’s charter creating it as a civilian space agency.
Dan Vergano is a science reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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