One giant leap for mankind

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Surely you’ve heard about it all day. But how much do you actually know about humankind’s first walk in space? Here’s your chance to find out.

1. Apollo 11 was built during the “Space Race” to get a man on the moon. Against which nation’s ambitious space program was the U.S. racing?
A. China
B. Russia
C. Japan
D. Germany

2. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Who was the second?
A. Virgil “Gus” Grissom
B. Russell Louis “Rusty” Schweickart
C. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin
D. Charles “Chuck” Yeager

3. Apollo 11 fulfilled president _______ goal of reaching the moon by 1970.
A. John F. Kennedy’s
B. Gerald Ford’s
C. Lyndon B. Johnson’s
D. Richard Nixon’s

4. Who piloted the Command Module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft?
A. Michael Collins
B. Neil Armstrong
C. Chuck Yeager
D. Buzz Aldrin

5. The Apollo 11 spacecraft included two sections: the Command Module, whose callsign was Columbia, and the Lunar Module, which was dubbed _____.
A. Lockheed
B. Discovery
C. Saturn V
D. Eagle

6. The astronauts left several items behind on the moon. Which of these is not among them?
A. A TV camera
B. Neil Armstrong’s space boots
C. A 3’ X 5’ U.S. flag
D. Empty food bags

7. True or false? The astronauts were quarantined after their return to earth, in accordance with the recently passed Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law.
A. True
B. False

So, how did you do? Here are the answers:

Apollo answers

Here’s some more good reading on the topic:
Today’s Washington Post story
Ten things you didn’t know about Apollo 11
What got left behind
An interactive multimedia site

Although space travel seems almost routine now, I’m still in awe of the extraordinary courage it took for those three men to strap themselves into their small spacecraft 40 years ago.

Thank you for inspiring an entire generation.

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