July 18, 2012
July 20th is Moon Day, commemorating the date that the first manned mission to the moon, Apollo 11, landed in 1969.
What are you going to do to celebrate Moon Day?
- 12 men have landed on the moon, the first two were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11.
- Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th, landed on the moon on the 20th and landed back on Earth in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th.
- The men only spent about 2-1/2 hours on the surface of the moon.
- Upon stepping on the surface of the moon, Armstrong said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
- The astronauts collected soil samples, planted a US flag and left behind a bag of memorial items and extra equipment that they did not need for the return flight, in order to lighten the load.
- When they returned to Earth, the astronauts were quarantined for 21 days as a precaution, then went on a 45-day "Giant Leap" tour all over the world. Quite a celebration!