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How Much Do You Really Know About The First Moon Landing?

What was the first meal on the moon?

Posted on July 15, 2019, at 3:48 p.m. ET

  1. What was NASA’s reply after Apollo 11 sent the message, “The Eagle has landed”?

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    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.”

  2. Why didn’t Apollo 11 astronaut Micheal Collins walk on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin?

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    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.

  3. Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin was the first astronaut to do what on the moon?

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    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.

  4. How far did Neil Armstrong drop in his “one small step for man” when he first walked on the moon?

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    Not so small at more than a meter, more of a hop than a step.

  5. How strong is the gravity on the moon compared to Earth?

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    Lunar gravity is 17% of Earth’s gravity, about one-sixth as strong.

  6. Why did the US decide to land on the moon?

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    “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.”

  7. With fuel running out, Neil Armstrong manually piloted the Apollo 11 Eagle to land on the moon. How much time was left before they would have aborted the landing?

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    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.

  8. The Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts to the moon was:

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    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.

  9. The first meal on the moon was:

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    Bacon coated with gelatin to prevent crumbs, according to Smithsonian. Also, the astronauts had coffee.

  10. What did Neil Armstrong say when the Apollo 11 astronauts planted a US flag on the moon?

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    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.

  11. What *didn’t* the Apollo 11 astronauts leave behind at Tranquility Base after their one day on the moon?

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    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.

  12. How much, at least, would the Apollo program cost today (in 2019 dollars)?

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    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.

  13. The Apollo 11 Mission patch shows an eagle landing on the moon clasping an olive tree branch signifying peace. Who designed it?

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    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.

  14. After Apollo, which current or former vice president said, “Back to the future, back to the moon, and this time back to stay,” calling for a US moon base?

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    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.

  15. Nixon staffer William Safire wrote a speech in case the Apollo 11 astronauts died on the moon. What was its closing line?

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    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.

  16. What did the plaque left by the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon say?

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    The plaque read: “We came in peace for all mankind,” the language cribbed from NASA’s charter creating it as a civilian space agency.



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