This Month In History: July

July 17, 2020
NASA | Public Domain

Did you know that Apollo 11 launched on July 16th, 1969 and that 76 hours later, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins landed the spacecraft on the moon’s surface? It was a historic moment in space history, but interestingly, the original plan wasn’t to land on the surface, but merely to send a spacecraft to the moon’s orbit. While the ingenious computer systems of the 1960s that put these men in space are considered commonplace today (your laptop today is way more advanced than the technology that put Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins on the moon!), these systems were considered groundbreaking back then.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that Neil Armstrong had to take over the controls of the spacecraft in order to land it in a different location than NASA had originally planned? If he had not, they would have run out of fuel! Talk about taking control of the situation!

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