You might be wondering: what’s Apollo 11 and its landing on the moon got to do with a Marvel comic? Well, a lot. Although it’s been marked as a real-life event, Marvel cites this incident several times in their comic books. Of course, they add their very own twist to it. So far, we are introduced to the setting where the crew is unaware of their mission being jeopardized by Skrulls. As part of a plan to invade Earth, they attempt to undermine a space program. A group of superheroes comes to thwart their plan later on.
If you’re not too familiar about Apollo 11 and its real origin, here are seven facts that will help you understand a little more about the event.
- The launch was way back on July 16, 1969 at the Kennedy Center Launch Complex 39A. Neil Armstrong (Commander), Michael Collins (Command Module Pilot), and Edwin Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot) were manning the spaceship.
- The three men later landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 and returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The duration of their mission lasted 195 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds.
- As a safety precaution, all three men are in quarantine for three weeks after returning from their mission.
- Despite the fact that only three men made it to the moon, the whole Apollo 11 program required the abilities of at least 400,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists.
- As impossible as it may sound, Neil Armstrong couldn’t afford an astronaut life insurance policy. Despite that, he wanted to make sure that even when the mission wouldn’t go as planned, his family would still be well provided. With that in mind, the three astronauts signed hundreds of autographs that could be auctioned off for money just in case the mission would go awry.
- Upon landing on the moon, the men only had less than a minute’s supply of fuel. If they took any longer, they would have aborted the mission.
- Everyone was excited about the entire thing. At least 11 million people tuned in to watch the Apollo 11 landing on TV.
Now that you know these seven facts, you are ready for the upcoming Apollo 11 2019 film. Check it out right here: