How many men have walked on the moon?

20 Jan

Sometimes my knowledge quests have no rhyme, reason or back story. A random thought pops into my head. And I am inspired to follow it through.

And so it was that as I drove home from dinner tonight, I suddenly wondered how many men had walked on the moon. The answer was more than I expected.

Like most people, I knew Neil Armstrong was first and Buzz Aldrin was second. But it turns out there have been 12 men on the surface altogether. Here are their names and the date/s of their giant leaps for mankind.

* Neil Armstrong, July 21, 1969
* Buzz Aldrin, July 21, 1969
* Pete Conrad, November 19-20, 1969
* Alan Bean, November 19-20, 1969
* Alan Shepard, February 5-6, 1971
* Edgar Mitchell, February 5-6, 1971
* David Scott, July 31-August 2, 1971
* James Irwin, July 31-August 2, 1971
* John W Young, April 21-23, 1972
* Charles Duke, April 21-23, 1872
* Eugene Cernan, December 11-14, 1972
* Harrison Schmitt, December 11-14, 1972

It certainly seems like a lot of walking in a very short space (pun intended) of time, considering there’s been no activity since. And I was further  inspired to check out the NASA website and see what fun facts I could uncover about space travel. Here’s five that caught my fancy…

* Each Space Shuttle astronaut is allocated 3.8 pounds of food per day, including the one pound of packaging.
* Condiments available include salt, pepper, taco sauce, hot pepper sauce, catsup, mayonnaise and mustard.
* Snoopy the cartoon dog is the astronauts’ personal safety mascot.
* Alan Shepard is the only person to hit a golf ball on the moon. During the Apollo 14 mission he fitted an 8 iron head to the handle of a lunar sample collection device and launched three golf balls. They are still there.
* On February 20, 1962, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He made three revolutions in his capsule named Friendship 7.

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