YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Craig Nelson’s book, “Rocket Men,” is one of the most detailed accounts of the first manned moon mission.
The Apollo’s Saturn rockets were packed with enough fuel to throw a 100-pound piece of shrapnel three miles. That’s why all the spectators were sitting three and a half miles from the launchpad.
The Apollo computers had less processing power than a cellphone.
Drinking water was a fuel-cell by-product, but Apollo 11’s hydrogen-gas filters didn’t work, making every drink bubbly.
The “one small step for man” wasn’t actually that small.
Armstrong set the ship down so gently that its shock absorbers didn’t compress. He had to hop three and a half feet from the Eagle’s ladder to the surface.
When Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface, he had to make sure not to lock the Eagle’s door because there was no outer handle.
The toughest moonwalk task? Planting the flag.
NASA thought the lunar soil was soft, but Armstrong and Aldrin found the surface to be a thin wisp of dust over hard rock. They managed to drive the flagpole a few inches into the ground and then took care not to accidentally knock it over.
The flag was made by Sears, but NASA refused to admit this. It didn’t want “another Tang.”
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