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Here are some unusual facts about the Apollo 11 Moon landing

Updated: May 17, 2022


Moon Landing
Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 mission arrived on the moon, and astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the blue planet's natural satellite. The event was monumental, and people idolized Armstrong, the mission's commander, and his famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."


But did you know there's a lot of speculation and little-known facts about the moon mission? Let's look into some of these.


The Reflector Array: - Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin left the Reflector Array behind on the moon. They had stationed the lunar laser ranging retroreflector array on the moon, in addition to hoisting the American flag (which was a hot topic of conspiracy theories). For decades, this machine provided NASA scientists with information about the moon's orbit and the truth behind gravitational theories.


The smell of the moon:- The moon's soil is difficult to remove and thus clung to the astronauts' suits. When the shuttle was shut down, the men noticed an odor coming from the ground. It smelled like the sky after a fireworks display.


Moon Trio had to Quarantine:- Scientists were unsure about the microbes that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins could bring back with them because no one had been to the moon before. As a result, after returning, the trip was quarantined.


Smartphones surpass computers on Eagle by light years:- Apollo 11 had the best technology and support of its time, but in 50 years, our standard smartphones will have greater capabilities than the computers aboard the module.


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