Photo of the Week: Flags for Neil Armstrong

By: Brianna Lester Email
By: Brianna Lester Email

This past week we lost an all-around American hero, Neil Armstrong. This week’s picture displays the flags flown outside of our very own NASA Johnson Space Center, base for the Apollo 11 mission that put the first man on the moon. Neil Armstrong died this past Saturday, August 25th, just twenty days past his eighty-second birthday. His funeral was held on August 27th. In honor of his inspiring life I would like to share with you a few fun facts about space and about Neil.

NASA actually stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Neil learned how to fly at sixteen, before he could even drive.
Neil was born and raised in Ohio.

According to NASA, the first and last word spoken on the moon is “Houston.”

NASA landed a man on the moon in 1969. They had 1 MB of data available for use. This is equivalent to about two digital photographs today.

Neil was the first man to walk on the moon and there are photographs of his very first step.

This first meal eaten on the moon was done in 1969 and it was comprised of three sugar cookies, for bacon squares, and peaches.
A total of six Apollo missions landed on the moon.

Saturn’s rings are made up of rock, ice, and dust.

Jupiter is so large that it would take over 1,000 Earths to match its size.

The first missions to the moon were called Apollo because in Greek myth, Apollo was thought to accompany travelers and immigrants.

Galileo discovered many things with his telescope in 1609, including the imperfections of the moon, multiple spots on the sun, and the moons of Jupiter.

Lapetus, one of Saturn’s moons, is half covered with material darker than black velvet and yet the other half is covered with a material brighter than the brightest snow.

For more fun space facts you can check out NASA’s website here. For more on the amazing life of Neil Armstrong and NASA’s dedication to him click here.

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