Interesting Facts About Apollo Program

Interesting Facts About Apollo Program

Today we will introduce you some interesting facts about Apollo program, that will absolutely arouse your interest.

The program was the third United States human spaceflight program carried out by NASA, that landed the first humans on the Moon from 1969 to 1972. So, let’s discover these curious facts about Apollo program.

Facts One – Apollo’s name has no special meaning

During the choosing the name of Apollo, Dr. Abe Silverstein (director of space flight programs) has suggested the Greco-Roman god Apollo though the fact that god is traditionally associated with the Sun more than the Moon. But Silverstein felt that the image of “Apollo riding his chariot across the Sun was appropriate to the grand scale of the proposed program.”

Apollo’s name has no special meaning
Apollo’s name has no special meaning

Fact Two – At first Apollo wasn’t supposed to take cosmonauts to the Moon’s surface

Originally, there were no plans of lunar landing. Apollo’s goal is to send cosmonauts to orbit the Moon, not land on it. But in 1961 President John F. Kennedy announced “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” At that time when Kennedy made his declaration, only two people had ever been in space. In addition to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in April 1961, and Alan Shepard a month later, other animals that had made it to space included fruit flies, monkeys, dogs, and a chimpanzee.

At first Apollo wasn’t supposed to take cosmonauts to the Moon’s surface
At first Apollo wasn’t supposed to take cosmonauts to the Moon’s surface

Fact Three –Rising US flag on the Moon became the reason of controversial move

That time President Nixon had pronounced “go to the new worlds together—not as new worlds to be conquered, but as a new adventure to be shared.”

There were some discussions of putting the US flag on it. On one hand it may arouse the views that Americans were taking control of the Moon, on the other hand President Nixon’s statement. Eventually, the team has decided to plant the American flag and come to the conclusion that they “came in peace for all mankind.”

NASA announced “the flag of the United States, and no other flag, shall be implanted or otherwise placed on the surface of the Moon, or on the surface of any planet, by the members of the crew of any spacecraft making a lunar or planetary landing as a part of a mission under the Apollo program or as a part of a mission under any subsequent program, the funds for which are provided entirely by the Government of the United States.”

At first Apollo wasn’t supposed to take cosmonauts to the Moon’s surface
At first Apollo wasn’t supposed to take cosmonauts to the Moon’s surface

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