In honour of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing – which launched on July 16th, 1969 – Destin from SmarterEveryDay went to the NASA facility where they keep about 70% of the Moon Rocks that were ever collected (Apollo Missions 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). The video offers us a truly amazing inside view on how the rocks are stored, manipulated, documented, etc.
Extra kudos to his guide Andrea Mosie, who speaks in such a passionate, open, and honest way about it all. It must be a joy and privilege to work with her.
Did you know: In order to take all those rocks back, the astronauts left a lot of their stuff on the moon … including wastebags filled with their own poop.
The Wikipedia article on Moon Rocks is also worth a read
If you really want to go back in time you can – just like with the Apollo 17 Mission before – relive the entire Apollo 11 Mission in real-time. Included real-time elements are:
- All mission control film footage
- All TV transmissions and onboard film footage
- 2,000 photographs
- 11,000 hours of Mission Control audio
- 240 hours of space-to-ground audio
- All onboard recorder audio
And to say some people still think this was all a scam