At Mums NI, we believe that education starts at home. We, as parents, are our children's Primary Educators. Together, we can inspire young minds and make learning fun!
In this Fun Facts Friday, we are looking at the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon. So get your little ones and settle down for an out of this world fact finding mission.
We've heard about the men on the moon, but who were they? What did they do? What does the moon feel like? Lets find out in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... blast off!
On 20th July 1969, the first man to walk on the Moon was Neil Armstrong. He was joined by another man called Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins was the third astronaut on the same mission, but he remained in orbit.
Imagine going all that way to the Moon and not getting to set foot on it.
While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on the Moon for 22 hours, they spent 2.5 hours outside the lunar module, called The Eagle, collecting rocks and soil samples to be used in experiments and taking photographs.
When Buzz Aldrin was describing the Moon's surface, he said it felt like nothing on Earth and was almost like a fine talcum powder dust with pebbles and dust.
Neil Armstrong's left footprint was the first ever human footprint on the Moon. It's still there today!
While on the Moon, the astronauts were able to see the Earth rising over the the Moon's horizon. It looked four times bigger than the Moon looks from Earth! Amazing!
There is no atmosphere on the Moon, which means the sky will be black instead of blue!
There is no air in space, which means sound has nothing to travel through. So how did the astronauts communicate with each other? They each had radio equipment installed in their helmets which allowed them to talk to each other, almost like walkie talkies.
The lunar module computer on Apollo 11 had only 71K of memory! Some calculators can now store more than 500K of information.
While stepping out of the Eagle onto the Moon's surface, Neil Armstrong said: "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.", which is now one of the most famous quotes in the world.
The Moon Landing was watched by an estimated 600 million people, which was a world record at the time.
It is estimated that 53 million families in the U.S.A. tuned in to see their astronauts make history. Global viewership was estimated to be 550 million viewers.
When it was time to come home, the astronauts returned to Earth in the Apollo 11 command module. It fell through the atmosphere and landed in the Pacific Ocean, stabilised by a ringed float to stop it from sinking. The astronauts then had a 21 day quarantine period as a precautionary measure against any contamination.
Why not encourage your child to recreate the Moon's surface by using some talcum powder, fine stones and pebbles. Let them make footprints just like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Don't forget to send us photos of your experiments, your child might just win a box of Martian Sand!!
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