10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE MOON LANDING
“That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those were the famous remarks made by astronaut Neil Armstrong as he made the first human footprints on the Moon. The Apollo 11 was the government mission that aimed to have a manned lunar landing which featured the spacecraft "Eagle" launched from the "Saturn V" rocket. The Moon landing was arguably one of the most critical landmarks of human civilization and its significance still resonates today. While the event remains to be hugely popular both in the scientific world as well as in pop culture, several fun facts about the mission still remain relatively unknown.
10. Armstrong carried with him a piece of wood from an airplane that belonged to the Wright brothers.
9. If Apollo 11 had failed, President Nixon had a speech ready.
8. Armstrong and Aldrin spent almost a full day on the Moon's surface.
7. After returning to earth, the astronauts had to be placed into quarantine.
6. The astronauts left pictures of human beings and the recordings of many languages on the Moon's surface.
5. The astronauts declared "moon rock and moon dust samples" to customs when they returned to Earth.
4. The astronauts landed with only 25 seconds of fuel to spare.
3. The exact phrase uttered by Armstrong has been disputed.
2. The landing was watched on television by an estimated 600 million people.
1. Although there were three astronauts sent to the Moon, only two of them actually stepped on it.