Apollo 11 is turning 50; all you need to know!

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Humanity first touched the Moon 50 years ago – completing a mission that is perhaps the most ambitious and great achievement of mankind.

Here are some interesting facts about the Apollo 11 Moon landing-

  • Apollo 11 had a gigantic team of 400,000 working on it. Among them, Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins were chosen to be the ones to carry the burden of all of mankind and venture into uncharted territory.

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  • After the astronauts maintained an orbit around the moon, the lunar module known as ‘the Eagle’, separated for a 13-minute journey to the moon’s surface.
  • During the journey,  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had lost radio contact with Earth, after the onboard computer showed unfamiliar error codes, but it was averted
  • Neil Armstrong soon became the first man on earth to set foot on the moon, uttering the famous words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • The three astronauts returned to Earth on July 25, 1969 and have become historic figures, not just because of the moon landing, but also because of numerous scientific breakthroughs that their journey resulted in.

Space exploration to this day owes a gigantic debt to Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Michael Collins and the 400,000 who gave their blood, sweat and tears for ensuring NASA’s Apollo 11 mission place in history.

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