The legacy of Apollo 11


After three weeks in quarantine, astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins embarked on a 38-day world tour of more than twenty countries, starting with Mexico.

Welcomed as heroes across continents, they become a global sensation, appearing on commemorative merchandise such as stamps, medals and coins from Pakistan to Portugal.

New York City greets Apollo 11 crew members in a shower of duct tape down Broadway and Park Avenue in a parade called the largest in the city’s history. Pictured in the lead car, from right, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

Lunar heritage

The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the most important cultural events of the 20th century, and an estimated 650 million people around the world saw the first human steps disrupt the ancient dust on the moon.

The three Apollo 11 astronauts are among 12 humans to have walked the surface of the moon as part of the Apollo program between 1969 and 1972. Their accomplishments were ratified by the FAI as each record was recorded. or exceeded.

Each of the lunar landings provided larger samples for analysis on Earth, and three “new” minerals were discovered among the lunar basalt and breccia rocks: tranquillityite, pyroxferroite and armalcolite, named after Armstrong, d ‘Aldrin and Collins.

Some of the lunar samples from the Apollo missions have been kept in pristine condition since 1969 pending future technologies. Some of these preserved samples will be opened and analyzed in 2019 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.

The legacy of the Apollo 11 moon landing

Collection of lunar samples

The future of space exploration

As this historic anniversary is celebrated around the world, many wonder who will be the next person to make history by landing on the moon? The current U.S. administration has set a deadline for NASA to send the next astronauts to the moon by 2024, and China is making rapid progress in lunar exploration, aiming to take an astronaut to the moon in the 2030s.

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