“The Eagle has landed” said Aldrin and Armstrong to NASA control as they touched down on the Moon 40 years ago this week. In honour of this event, we visited the Science Museum in London at the weekend to learn more about Apollo 11 and the men who first walked on the Moon.
We watched an excellent demonstration (with a football standing in for Earth and a tennis ball standing in for the Moon) explaining exactly what happened to the Apollo 11 from take off until the landing capsule parachuted down to Earth at the end of it’s voyage. We also had a look at the REAL landing capsule of Apollo 10, which circumnavigated the Moon just months before Apollo 11 landed on it.
Things we learnt about space travel and the Apollo 11:
- The name of the third astronaut, who did not step on the Moon, is Michael Collins or ‘the loneliest man in the universe’.
- The part of the spaceship which landed on the Moon is still there. It is covered in gold so if you want to make a lot of money, find a way to get it off the Moon.
- The only part of the Apollo rockets to make it back to Earth is the tiny landing capsule, which the three astronauts have to spend seven days in. The brown colouring (see pic above) is burnt metal caused by the extreme friction experienced when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Astronauts wear nappies which they wee into. The wee is then sucked out by a tube and sent into space. Some astronauts said that the floating, frozen wee crystals were the most beautiful sight they’d ever seen.
- If you want to poo in space, you have to sellotape a bag to your bottom. When finished, you seal the bag, write your name, the time and what you ate for lunch on the bag, then put it in a cupboard until you get back to earth. NASA scientists then analyse the poo. Nice.
I’ve been following the excellent, ApolloPlus40 on Twitter for a few weeks, which has been giving realtime updates based on what was happening 40 years ago. For a full run down of what happended, check out their recent tweets.
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