The Moon Landings: Shocking facts about the Apollo Program you didn’t know

1. The Apollo Program initially wasn’t meant to land on the moon.

Image: NBC News

Project Apollo’s goal was to send a three-person crew to orbit the moon, not land on it. Only after Jhon F Kennedy’s historic speech, the objectives of the mission had changed. He said, “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.”

2. The missions Apollo 2 and 3 don’t exist.

NASA explained, saying, “the sequence of, and reasoning behind, mission designations has never been really clear to anyone.”

3. The Apollo program employed nearly half a million people.

During its peak years, some 34,000 NASA employees and 375,000 outside contractors took part in the program.

4. The Apollo program cost a total of $25.4 billion

In today’s money, that amount is almost $153 billion.

5. Apollo 12 was struck by lightning twice during takeoff.

Image: NASA

Even after a disastrous start, Apollo 12 went on to make a successful moon landing.

6. NASA quarantined astronauts after the first few moon missions.

Image: ABC News

NASA knew very little about the space back then, so they felt it would be safe to quarantine them in case of any space germs ar viruses.

7. The Apollo 4 launch is one of the loudest ever human-made noises ever.

More than 300,000 gallons of water were sprayed out in just 41 seconds to dampen its sound to acceptable levels.

8. One Apollo astronaut had an allergic reaction to Lunar regolith.

Schmitt said the dust caused “a lot of irritation to my sinuses and nostrils soon after taking the helmet off … the dust really bothered my eyes and throat. I was tasting it and eating it.” He joked that he had “lunar dust hay fever.”

9. Conspiracy theorists still insist the Moon landings were faked.

Image: The Guardian

A 2012 YouGov study revealed 1 in 6 Britons believe the Moon landings were staged or faked.

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