Pat Collins, left, Jan Armstrong and Joan Aldrin, the wives of the Apollo 11 astronauts, greet their husbands on arrival at Ellington Air Force base near Houston, Texas. The crew still were under a 21 day quarantine in a Mobile Quarantine Facility, which served as their home until they reached the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory. COURTESY OF NASA
Hello, space cadets! In July, the world — and Brevard in particular — celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Here’s some trivia to add to your space savviness.
1. What was the name of the rocket that carried the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon?
2. Why were the spectators so far away from the launch site?
3. How tiny was Neil Armstrong’s “one small step?”
4. Speaking of one small step, what did Armstrong really say when he stepped on the moon?
5. Which of the three astronauts aboard Apollo 11 did not step on the moon in 1969?
6. Which astronaut had a song written about him?
7. How much did the Apollo program cost?
8. How powerful were the Apollo 11 computers?
9. What was the cuisine like on the moon for Aldrin and Armstrong?
10. How about drinks?
11. Who made the famous flag that was planted on the moon?
12. What is on the plaque Armstrong and Aldrin left on the moon?
1. The massive Saturn V, a 363-foot-tall beast, was responsible. You can walk under one of them at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex.
2. With enough fuel to throw 100-pound shrapnel 3 miles away, the Saturn V could have done a lot of damage were it to have exploded during the takeoff. NASA thought it best to seat VIP spectators 3½ miles away, just to be safe.
3. Actually, it was pretty big, because Armstrong was such a good pilot that he landed the lunar module very gently and the shock absorbers that were supposed to compress did not, requiring Armstrong to take a 3½-foot leap for his boots to touch the moon.
4. Neil Armstrong was adamant that he had said “one step for a man,” but many folks didn’t hear that little “a,” which made a big difference.
“Certainly the ‘a’ was intended, because that’s the only way the statement makes any sense,” countered the astronaut in a 2006 biography.
5. That would be Michael Collins, who circled the Moon awaiting his colleagues’ return.
6. That would again be Michael Collins, for Jethro Tull penned “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” as a musical poem about the loneliness Collins must have felt waiting for the return of Aldrin and Armstrong.
7. It took $24 billion, comparable to $100 billion today, to enlist the 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians required to put a man on the Moon.
8. They had less processing power than a high-end cellphone of today.
9. It certainly was no cruise ship buffet, but the astronauts did have two meal choices: bacon squares and beef stew.
10. Tang to the contrary, drinking water was the beverage of choice. A by-product of the fuel cells, the water was bubbly because the hydrogen gas filters didn’t work during the mission.
11. According to Craig Nelson, author of “Rocket Men,” Sears provided the flag. NASA did not credit the company in order to avoid another “Tang” episode.
12. “Here men from the Planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
steelmonkey: At the end of my shift I deliver the extra food to a homeless camp on my ride home...I bet those guys don't get asparagus/risotti/veal every day. We have trillions to prop up hotel chains but we can't house these people?
Apr 16, 2020 17:10:44 GMT
geostrehl: On a more positive note, I rediscovered "Beside Myself" today. Man, what a killer song!
Apr 16, 2020 20:04:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I listen to less 'Roots' than most Tull...but when I do, I wonder why.
Apr 20, 2020 16:28:53 GMT
steelmonkey: Thank You for interview and interview sharing. Very Cool.
Apr 21, 2020 2:31:28 GMT
futureshock: Hello again! I hope everyone is staying healthy and applying their newfound isolation-affected times and circumstances to beneficial activities so that years from now we can all tell younger generations how we survived this ordeal smartly as best possible!
May 6, 2020 20:01:02 GMT
nonrabbit: Hello Futureshock! Great to hear from you. Hope you're staying healthy too....a metre apart from any other human (animal?) that tries to cross you path. I'm a librarian in a public library and we've asking people to make a diary of their experiences.....
May 8, 2020 19:20:30 GMT
nonrabbit: in lockdown so that the next generation/s will get detailed answers when they say " What did you do in the Covid lockdown Granda/ Granny"...."Well Sonny, I bought a hell of a lot of toilet paper" Stay safe Futureshock and see you here soon!!
May 8, 2020 19:23:09 GMT
botanicman: IA did an interview with Dan Rather where he revealed publicly that he has COPD.
May 12, 2020 20:39:28 GMT
chester: Do any of you [my fellow JT Forum members] miss watching live sporting events on TV, because of the virus, as much as I do?
May 14, 2020 19:49:33 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss reading about the Golden State Warriors and St Pauli in the second Bundesliga. I keep an eye on the baseball 'A's and the Brazil team, Botoafogo. My EPL Team is Tot Spurs and I take the time to hate two teams :HSV in Germany and Man United.
May 14, 2020 20:44:37 GMT
maddogfagin: Miss the sport on tv especially the football and now that summer is upon us the cricket. I fear that things will take a year or two to get back to how it was before all this shenanigans.
May 15, 2020 6:04:06 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss some watching and reading about sports but not enough to suddenly get interested in the Belarus Football League or Taiwanese baseball. Fans are going pretty far for a fix.
May 16, 2020 20:03:25 GMT
chester: I don't watch very much BUNDESLIGA, but it has returned after two months, with NO FANS allowed in the stadiums. I am starting to follow UFC mixed martial arts, which has returned as well.
May 17, 2020 1:02:36 GMT
tullmatrix: Is there some way to still get the Passion Play complete midi? I pasted the link into my browser and got a message that i was forbidden.
May 17, 2020 23:23:50 GMT
botanicman: Chester, The Plague has made me realize how little I actually do care about sports. I might not spend the time to watch when they do return!
May 19, 2020 11:48:30 GMT
pbinlostangeles: For us in So Cal, first time since 1974 no Long Beach Grand Prix and - apparently - no Indy 500. At least not on Memorial Day. Hopefully, they'll get this virus crud figured out before the start of MotoGP season
May 19, 2020 20:15:30 GMT
chester: NASCAR has restarted it's 2020 season but, like German soccer, to empty grandstands. I think catching a virus is low on the list of dangers that can befall a racing car driver.
May 20, 2020 0:18:21 GMT
chester: I know that I am late to the idea, but I have started wearing a mask while out in public. My Canadian officials have changed their stance from: not recommended to mildly suggested to strongly advised.
May 22, 2020 9:42:52 GMT