On July 20, 1969, NASA successfully completed their Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, with Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to step foot on the Lunar surface. The event brought the world to a standstill as millions watched anxiously on live TV, before Armstrong delivered his legendary “one small step” speech that marked the end of the Space Race with the Soviet Union. Armstrong then planted an American flag into the dusty surface to signal the gratitude of the accomplishment.
However, it was not the only object left behind.
In 2012, NASA released a document titled “Catalogue of Manmade Material on the Moon”, which lists every single item ever left behind.
Part of the papers read: “For the past half-century, the Moon has been the destination of some of humankind’s most monumental and challenging expeditions.
“As the Moon becomes more accessible to both national space programs and private enterprise, it is important that we protect lunar artefacts for both their historic and scientific value.
“The first step in preserving these artefacts is establishing exactly what is there and where it is.
“This resource offers a comprehensive catalogue of human artefacts on the Moon based on the currently available data.”
Among the objects listed are: Gold Olive Branch, Apollo 1 Patch, Moon Memorial Disc and Cosmonaut Medals, all part of some kind of memorial to mark the event.
However, it also contains some strange day-to-day items including: TV subsystem, Lunar, Camera, Lunar TV, Lens, TV wide angle, Cable assembly, TV (100 ft.), Antenna, S-Band and Bag, Lunar Equipment Transfer.
Surprisingly, it was also recently revealed that Neil Armstrong also made a mistake in his famous first few words on Apollo 11.
Listeners back on Earth heard: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
However, Armstrong – who passed away at the age of 82 in 2012 – claimed he actually said something slightly different.
He maintained that he actually said: “That’s one small step for a man.”
He told the press after the Apollo 11 mission: “It’s just that people just didn’t hear [the a].”
The slight difference in the speech makes a whole lot of difference to the meaning of the quote.
Semantically speaking, without it, “man” abstractly represents all of humanity, just like “mankind.”
Therefore, the quote is essentially: “That’s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind.”
Next week will mark the 50th anniversary of the monumental moment in history.
Ahead of the event, Christopher Kraft, was the lead flight director of Apollo 1– which exploded during a test flight revealed a secret.
Mr Kraft claimed during Altitude Film’s upcoming release “Armstrong” that the accident was pivotal to the rest of the Apollo missions.
He said: “It took the fire to rebuild the vehicle.
“And I think that was the secret to Apollo.
“Without it, it just wouldn’t have happened, I don’t think we would have got to the Moon.”