Out Of This World Facts About The Apollo 11 Mission

The entire world was watching on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 astronauts Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin became the first two people on the moon. Six hours after landing, Armstrong was the first person to step on the moon’s surface, stating: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was joined by Aldrin 19 minutes later, and the two spent over two hours outside the ship collecting lunar material while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins orbited the moon. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it’s time to take a look back at some incredible facts on the mission that changed life as we know it forever.

The Flag Wasn’t Easy To Get Into The Ground

Flag On The Moon -517387396
Bettmann/Getty Images
Bettmann/Getty Images

Being the first men on the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin had a lot to do, one of them being erecting an American flag. What seemed like one of their simplest tasks on the surface actually turned out to be one of their hardest. NASA’s research led them to assume that the lunar soil would be soft, but that wasn’t the case.

Armstrong and Aldrin learned that the surface was a layer of thin dust covering the hard rock. They managed to get the flag a few inches into the ground and were extremely cautious in order to keep it upright for broadcasting.