Plans were in place to sever all communication with astronauts on the moon if they had been stranded by a technical failure.
Moments after Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, he dropped a bag of trash on the surface of the moon and kicked it underneath the lunar module.
The first U.S flag that was placed on the moon’s surface by Buzz Aldrin, was accidentally blown away by their craft during their departure and never found.
During the planning for NASA’s moon landings of the 1960s, it was suggested that the United Nations flag be used instead of the U.S. flag.
When Conrad, the third man on the moon, who was somewhat shorter than Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the lunar surface, his first words were “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” This was not an off-the-cuff remark: Conrad had made a US$500 bet with reporter Oriana Fallaci he would say these words, after she had queried whether NASA had instructed Neil Armstrong what to say as he stepped onto the Moon. Conrad later said he was never able to collect the money.
Shortly after returning from the moon and leaving NASA, Buzz Aldrin had a failed career as an Air Force test pilot, started drinking, had an affair, suffered depression, got divorced, got re-married, got divorced again, and became a Cadillac salesman where he failed to sell a car for 6 months.
When returning to Earth after becoming first to land on the Moon the Apollo astronauts had to go through U.S. Customs at the airport and fill out the usual declaration form stating what they were transporting. They declared they took a flight from the Moon to Honolulu and were transporting moon rocks, moon dust, and stated that any threat of disease was “to be determined.”
In 2012, Neil Armstrong’s widow Carol Armstrong found a hidden stash of moon landing artifacts inside his closet – and the hoard included the famed 16 mm camera that captured Apollo 11 crew’s planting of the US flag on moon’s surface.
The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khruschev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khruschev rejected the plan.
For the first Moon landing, the average age of NASA controllers was 26 years old.