NASA Astronauts Were Shocked by the Height of Lunar Mountains

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Almost five decades ago, on July 16th, 1969, a team of three astronauts comprising of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin ‘’Buzz’’ Aldrin started their journey to the moon. The brave astronauts were an apart of a historical mission which aimed to take them to the moon and back in eight days.

Commander Armstrong and Aldrin, who was in charge of the Lunar Module, landed on the Moon without any incidents four days later. On July 21 they became the first humans who walked on the object. As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission is approaching rapidly, NASA decided to share a large number of recordings which were taken during the mission.

It is estimated that several 650 million from all over the world watched on live television when Neil Armstrong took the first step on the lunar surface. During the mission, hundreds of hours of communication between the Apollo 11 crew and the Mission Control in Houston were recorded. The tapes have been digitized and remastered, revealing a large amount of interesting information about the missions.

NASA Astronauts Were Shocked by the Height of Lunar Mountains

One of the most impressive exchanges took place when the crew entered the lunar orbit and observed the massive meteorite craters present on the lunar surface alongside trenches and faults. Collins, who was the pilot of the Command Module, was fascinated by the giant mountains, stating that they are monsters.

The lunar surface features a large variety of topographic landmark; the mountains are quite massive. Mons Huygens, which is deemed to be the tallest mountain on the Moon, measuring 3.4 miles (or 5.5 kilometers) in height.

The Apollo 11 mission is deemed to be one of the most important missions of all times, and it remains one of NASA’s most significant achievements. The three astronauts received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Richard Nixon. As NASA has announced the ambitious Artemis initiative, it is likely that astronauts will revisit the Moon in the following years.


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