Special Sub-Topic: Apollo Space Program
|What engineering company designed and built the Lunar Module (the part that actually landed on the moon)?|
Grumman. North American Rockwell built the Command Module that orbited the moon and served as home to the astronauts during the trips to and from the moon. Grummen built the Lunar Module.
|How many crew members were on each Apollo mission?|
3. There were 3 members of each crew. The CMD (commander), CMP (command module pilot), and LMP (lunar module pilot).
|How many missions actually landed on the moon?|
6. There were 6 missions that landed on the moon, Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Apollo 13 had to return before landing after an explosion on board (you've probably seen the movie), and 18, 19, and 20 were cancelled before they were launched.
|What was the name of the launch vehicle used to launch vehicles to the Moon?|
Saturn V. The Saturn V was used, the thing is huge. The three that weren't launched (for 18, 19, and 20) are on display around the country, one is at Johnson Space Center, another at Kennedy Space Center.
|Who was the second man to set foot on the moon?|
Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin was the LMP for Apollo 11 which meant he got out of the LM after Neil Armstrong. John Glenn was one of the original 7 astronuats and wasn't on a Apollo mission. Jim Lovell was the commander of Apollo 13 which never made it to the moon's surface.
|Who said, 'That may have been a small step for Neil, but it was a pretty long one for me!'?|
Pete Conrad. Pete Conrad made that exclamation as he exited the LM during the first moonwalk of Apollo 12. He bet one of the other astronauts that he could say whatever he wanted when leaving the LM and that NASA officials didn't give him a 'script.'
|What date did Apollo 11 land on the Moon?|
July 20, 1969. The historic landing happened on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong said those famed words, 'The Eagle has landed.'
|Who were the three astronauts that died on the launch pad in a fire during a 'plugs out' test of Apollo 1?|
Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Ed White. Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Ed White all lost their lives on the launch pad because of a fire in the command module. The fire was said to be the result of the use of pure oxygen in a highly pressurized cockpit.
|Who said, 'We choose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.'?|
John F. Kennedy. JFK said this during his speech that launched the United States into the space race.
|Which mission carried Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, a geologist, to the Moon with Eugene Cernan and Ronald Evans?|
Apollo 17. The last mission to the Moon in late 1972, Apollo 17, carried a geologist to help study the Moon's surface. Apollo 18 did not launch, and Apollo 13 did not land on the Moon's surface.
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