The world watched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins venture off to the new frontier 50 years ago this month.
Today, we are reminded that their mission wasn’t about America becoming the first (and as of this date the only) county to have people walk on the moon, but as Neil Armstrong so prolifically stated as he took his first step on the moon, this was for all mankind.
DID YOU KNOW?
The speed needed for Apollo 11 to break free of the Earth's gravitational field was about 7 miles per second. Apollo 10, a spaceship that only orbited the moon in 1969 holds the record for the highest speed attained by a manned vehicle with 11.08 km/s (24,791 mph)
That Neil Armstrong’s famous walk didn’t actually happen until 6 hours after he and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon (Buzz joined him 19 minutes later)
Neil and Buzz stayed on the moon for 21 hours and 36 minutes
Michael Collins, who piloted the Command Module, orbited the moon 30 times before the crew returned home. While he waited for Neil and Buzz’s historic romp on the moon, he would lose communication with Earth for approximately 48 minutes while on the dark side of the moon
Duration: eight days, three hours, 18 min, 35 seconds
Distance: 953,054 miles
Click the link for more information on NASA’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing
Knowledge to Grow On has a variety of NASA programming:
Astronauts Are People Too! for children ages 3-6 (PK-1st grade) and children with special needs
Back to the Moon… for ages 7-12, teens and adults Topic: The Space Race and the Moon Landing
NASA Space Science: ages 8-16 This is an 4-12 week workshop (Specific lessons can be done as a one off) from the Space Race to the mission to Mars
Please contact Lori Stratton HERE for more information