How many of you remember the Apollo 11 mission? Some of you might have a vivid recollection of the events after spending an entire week in class and maybe some of you just don’t remember anything at all. Suffice to say, the occurrence did not go undocumented. Up to this day, many people still celebrate the said launching as it is an important milestone to mankind.
What History Says
If you aren’t familiar with this event, then you should go back to school – specifically, your history class. The Apollo 11 mission was deemed successful after three astronauts flourishingly landed on the moon. It was back on July 16, 1969 that the Apollo 11 launch transpired. And then, on July 20, 1969, the three men made it to their destination. The men spent a total of 21 hours on the moon, collected 21.7 kilograms worth of moon rocks, and landed back on Earth on July 24, 1969. The mission duration lasted for 195 hours and 18 minutes. In that span of days, mankind was able to uncover a lot of things that were but a mystery before.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz were two of the men aboard the Apollo 11. Moreover, it was the two of them who were considered the first men to ever step foot on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the commander and Buzz Aldrin was the lunar module pilot. They were accompanied by Michael Collin who was the command module pilot.
The only objective the mission had was to “perform a manned lunar landing and return”. It was also in that mission that mankind acquired the first samples from another planetary body. Basalts and dark-colored igneous rocks are among the ones brought back from the mission. Amazingly, these rocks date to about 3.7 billion years old.
Although only three men were able to land on the moon, the whole mission was the brainchild of over 400,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians. Roughly 11 million people watched the entire process on TV.