52 Years Ago Today, Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin Walked On The Moon
“Moon Day” is the anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969.
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above.
A few things you likely didn’t know about the lunar landing:
- All three crew members – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins – were born in the same year: 1930
- There were many firsts about the Apollo 11 mission, but two of the most notable were the responsibility of Buzz Aldrin. He became the first human being to celebrate Holy Communion away from the Earth, and the first to urinate on another world.
- Armstrong was almost killed in the weeks leading up to the mission.
- Each crew member was allowed to take personal items on board. Some of these could be sold later in lieu of the life insurance policies which, unsurprisingly, were hard to come by for Apollo astronauts. Armstrong took with him some pieces of wood from the Wright Flyer, which had made the first powered flight in 1903. There were also commemorative medals for the crew of Apollo 1, who had died in a fire on board their Command Module during a routine ground test, and the dead Soviet cosmonauts, Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin.
- 600 million watch on live TV.
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