There are plenty of blogs and news sites that are honoring the moon landing on this date and many are doing it the same way. I thought I’d share some interesting tidbits about what was left on the moon during that mission.
A disc etched with paragraph long greetings from leaders of 73 world leaders along with a list of leadership within congress and NASA. Details are listed in this NASA press release. My favorite is from Dr. Emile-Derlin Zinsou, president of Dahomey, a country in West Africa that doesn’t even exist any longer (it’s not the Republic of Benin). We’ll let identifying the moon as a planet slide:
“The genius and daring of a great nation today open to mankind the secrets of a planet, which, for centuries, it has been able only to probe and to admire from a great distance through the narrow hole of its telescopes.”
The Apollo 11 astronauts were also honored by naming lunar craters near the Apollo 11 landing site after them
- Aldrin is located at 1.4°N 22.1°E
- Armstrong is located at 1.4°N 25.0°E
- Collins is located at 1.3°N 23.7°E