10 Fast Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Astronauts from the United States landed on the moon 50 years ago. Here are 10 fast facts about their mission.

Apollo 11’s commander was Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong. He was joined by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Apollo 11’s lunar lander was called “Eagle.”

An estimated 600 million people around the world watched Armstrong’s first steps on the moon’s surface.

Armstrong and Aldrin stayed on the moon for 22 hours.

The cost of the flag the crew planted on the moon was $5.50.

NASA’s Apollo 11 spaceflight landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Each Apollo 11 astronaut’s spacesuit weighed 180 pounds.

The crew traveled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in 76 hours.

The Apollo 11 computers had less processing power than a modern smartphone.

Armstrong earned 26 merit badges when he was a Boy Scout, but never earned the Space Exploration merit badge because it wasn’t created until 1965.

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