What You Don’t Know About these 6 Apollo Trips to the Moon …And How They Almost Failed!

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Every astronaut going to the moon always brings with him a special camera that can be used in taking stunning astronomical photos. And then all the photos they get will be uploaded to the Project Apollo Archive.

As you go over the images they took, you will know what it’s like living and visiting the moon. Marvel at some of the photos taken during the Apollo missions and learn from their discoveries.

Apollo 11—Kangaroo Hops

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon’s surface, the first thing they did was to explore various ways to move around the area. One option they had was to do the two-footed kangaroo hops.


Apollo 11—Damaged Circuit Breaker

After their walk on the moon, the two astronauts went back to the cabin of their spacecraft. Unfortunately, the circuit breaker, which armed the primary engine to lift off from the Moon, was damaged by Aldrin. The pair then improvised so that they would not be stranded. Using a felt-tip pin, they were able to turn on the switch and fire the spacecraft’s engine. MacGyver would be proud!


Apollo 12—Creative First Words

Neil Armstrong was the first human being to step his foot on the Moon’s surface. He is etched into history with the quote, “That one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

In the next expedition to the moon, Apollo 12 mission’s commander, Pete Conrad, gave cheekier first words. He said, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”


Apollo 12—Don’t Try to Film the Sun

During the second exploration, astronauts brought a colored camera. Sad to say, it was destroyed immediately. Alan Bean carried the camera and set it up at a certain area. However, he pointed it directly at the bright sun, destroying the key component. The television coverage of the mission ended right away.


Apollo 14—Golfing in Space

Apollo 14’s commander, Alan Shepard, had a golf shop in Houston. During the mission, he brought with him a six-iron club head and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting equipment. While on the surface of the moon, he played with it and hit two golf balls. The first drive was shanked however, the second shot traveled over 200 yards.

During his game, Alan had to swing using his one hand because his suit hampered his flexibility.





Apollo 14—Getting Lost on the Moon

On their second stroll around the moon, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell hoped to reach an area near the Cone Crater. However, they were not able to explore using the rolling terrain because of the crater’s slope. In their efforts they got very tired and nearly ran out of oxygen when they decided to turn back. At the time, they realized they were only 65 feet away from the crater’s rim.


Apollo 15—Reclining in the Rover

During their fourth lunar exploration, the astronauts brought with them a lunar rover so that they can travel farther distances. Although the astronauts tested the rover while they were still on Earth, they still had to make some adjustments because their weight pushed their spacesuits down.

On the moon, their weight was only about one-sixth of their earthly weight. Thus, they couldn’t sit properly on the rover. It was Cmdr. David Scott who drove the rover first, but he only ended up lying down in the seat.


Apollo 15—Leaving a Statue Behind

As soon as the Apollo 15 mission ended, David Scott put a 3-inch figurine on the soil of the moon. He also left a little plaque celebrating the Soviet and American cosmonauts and astronauts, who died as part of the space race. Before launch of this mission, David had hid the aluminum figurine on-board without NASA being aware.

Not long after, artist Paul Hoeydonck tried selling signed copies of the figurines, but NASA complained about the commercialization of the space mission. At the end of the day, no copies were sold.


Apollo 16 Telescope

Apollo 16—Trash on the Moon

In all the Apollo missions, astronauts used “jettison bags” in collecting their trash and then would toss them into outer space. Before they went down to begin their research, commander John Young and astronaut Charles Duke of Apollo 16 tossed a bag of trash onto the moon’s surface.


Apollo 16—Biggest Rock Ever

The astronauts of the Apollo 16 were the ones who brought back the biggest rock sample. The rock weighed 26 pounds and was then named after the field geology team leader, Bill Muehlberger.


Apollo 17—More Rover Problems

At the beginning of the first moonwalk for the last Apollo mission, the astronauts were preparing the lunar rover. While checking the equipment, commander Eugene Cernan brushed against the rover.  His hammer caught on the fender, causing it to break, and covering the rest of the astronauts in moondust.



Apollo 17—Breaking Records

When the Apollo 17 mission ended, many records were broken—the longest manned lunar landing flight, the longest time spent in the lunar orbit, the mission that brought back the biggest amount of moon rocks, and the group that traveled the farthest distance on the surface.

Before leaving the moon, the last astronaut Eugene Cernan said this:

. . . I’m on the surface; and as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come—but we believe not too long into the future—I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”