The power of one Saturn V was enough to place in Earth’s orbit all of the US manned spacecraft launched before the Apollo program.
30% - 60%
Lunar soil is composed of approximately 30 to 60 percent glass, which is one reason why the Moon reflects so much light and is brilliant in our night sky.
An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, setting a new world record.
The Apollo 11 mission was a 480,000-mile (772,485-km) trip.
The astronauts traveled at a speed of 24,000 miles per hour (38,624 km/h).
July 20, 1969
The Apollo’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
In total, 17 Apollo missions were flown in the 1960s and 1970s. They carried a total of 12 astronauts to the Moon and back.
IBM built 27 instrument units in its Huntsville, Alabama, location. They were designed to help guide the Saturn V rocket that sent Apollo astronauts to the Moon.
After returning to Earth, astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were all placed in quarantine for three weeks before it was determined they did not bring back deadly pathogens from the Moon.
AN IBMER IN SPACE
Steve Smith, astronaut on the February 1997 launch of the STS-82 Discovery, started his career as an IBMer. On this flight—his second of four missions—Smith performed three spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope. On one trip into space, Steve carried with him an IBM banner.
Apollo 11 on Facebook
Today’s fans of the Apollo 11 Moon shot can gather on the Internet at the popular social networking website Facebook to share memories, perspectives and thoughts on this momentous achievement.
Apollo 11 goodwill messages
When the astronauts of Apollo 11 left Earth, they carried with them an artifact that embodied the global excitement and international pride associated with sending the first human to the Moon. Leaders from 73 countries contributed messages of goodwill that would be contained inside the small silicon disk. Left on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility by the Apollo 11 crew, the disk bears the inscription “From Planet Earth—July 1969” on its rim.