President Kennedy wanted to go to Mars not the Moon – but engineers told him it was ‘a little bit too far’. Nasa told him it would take at least 15 years before we could put a man on the Moon after a weekend of intense calculations.
Apollo 12 was struck by lightning during launch and was on the verge of being aborted before a single Flight Controller realised that flipping a little known switch would restore enough systems to save the mission.
The US Air Force seriously considered and researched nuking the Moon as a show of force after Russia launched Sputnik, but scrapped it at the last minute as they felt landing on it would be better received by the public.
The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khrushchev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khrushchev rejected the plan.
For the Apollo 11 moon landing conspiracy theory to be true, over 400,000 people would need to be part of the secret.
As the third man in history stepped onto the moon he said “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me”.
Most Americans opposed landing on the moon during the 60’s, feeling that the money could be much better spent addressing problems at home.
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.