Today is the 46th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, studying and researching the moon for about 21 hours.
The moment that Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong first stepped foot onto the moon’s surface was watched by more than 500 million people around the world. For all you that weren’t born yet, check out the video below to see the landing as they saw it back in 1969.
The quote you hear in the video by Neil Armstrong, “One small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind,” has gone on to become one of the most famous sayings of all-time.
But NASA’s moon exploration didn’t end there. Since the 1969 moon landing, a total of twelve men have landed on the moon during six NASA missions. In fact, by the time of Apollo 17’s lunar landing, astronaut Gene Cernan finally figured out the best way to travel around the moon’s surface. Check out the bunny-hopping skills in the video below:
NASA & Scouting
Did you know that NASA once sent astronauts to Philmont Scout Ranch (one of the BSA’s four high-adventure bases) for pre-mission training. Why Philmont? Thanks to its abundance of geological formations, NASA hoped to introduce its astronauts to geological formations they may encounter on the moon.
More Moon Fun Facts
- The Moon is 250,000 miles from Earth.
- There is no wind or weather on the moon.
- The Moon is not a light source, and it doesn’t make its own light. The moon reflects light from the sun.
- Because the thought of landing on the moon was so unimaginable, many people thought the video was actually fake.
- Legendary scientist Galileo Galilei was the first person to make accurate maps of the moon. He didn’t invent the first telescope, but by 1609 he perfected a version that could magnify objects up to 20 times.
- It is the fifth largest moon in the Solar System.
- The Moon goes round the Earth every 27.3 days.