Nothing about space exploration is left to chance. NASA plans for everything. And so when Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon, he’d already practiced bounding across the lunar surface here on Earth at a “terrestrial analogue site” in Iceland.
An exhaustive, search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data.
The lost tapes mean that the world will never again see the original images beamed back to Earth by the lunar camera that is now resting on the moon’s dusty Sea of Tranquility, right where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left it.
March 16th, 1966 - Gemini VIII launches Astronauts David Scott and Neil Armstrong for a three-day mission with the intention of rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle launched earlier. A 2-hour EVA was also planned for Scott, but was scrubbed after the first docking of the Gemini with Agena, following an emergency that cut short Gemini 8′s flight.
After a successful docking procedure, and being out of range of ground communications, Scott noted the combined Gemini and Agena began to yaw. After corrections made by Armstrong using the OAMS thrusters, the yawing would begin again. Following orders given to them before the communications blackout by the ground team at Mission Control, Gemini 8 undocked from the Agena to prevent damage to either spacecraft. This led to Gemini 8 tumbling uncontrollably, and Armstrong resorting to using the reentry thruster in an attempt to control the craft.
After steadying the craft and testing each maneuvering thruster, it was discovered that thruster 8 had been stuck. As per mission rules, any time the reentry thrusters are used for anything but reentry is an automatic mission abort. No direct cause was found, but an electrical malfunction is attributed to the failure of the on/off switch on for the number 8 thruster, flowing electricity though even in the off-position.
Originally meant to land in the Atlantic Ocean, Scott and Armstrong stayed on board Gemini for one more orbit to allow for easier recovery in the Pacific by the secondary recovery team. The recovery of Scott and Armstrong was routine, with the exception of having to land on the other side of the Earth.
Gemini 8 is on display at the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in
Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil Armstrong’s birthplace.
as much as i wanna see vader hyperventilating (idk maybe this bitch is scared of, like, space clowns. clowns in astronaut suits. replace neil armstrong with ronald mcdonald, what do u get? cosmic terror?) but i’m not sure how. doesn’t his thingmabobjiggerdeedoo control his breathing? will i ever remember what it’s called? haven’t i researched this b4
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
21st of July 1969. At 02:56 UTC Commander Neil Armstrong becomes the first human being to walk on the moon.