Nov 18, 2017
9:26 PM


[History]: Where did we first land on the moon?

The Eagle spacecraft carrying Neil Armstrong and Ed ("Buzz") Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility, a large plain with an approximate 300 mile diameter. (Michael Collins remained in the lunar orbiter while the others descended to the surface.) The trip took 4 days, 6 hours and 45 minutes, touching down within 1.5 miles of the target - about 240,000 miles away. The first words on touchdown: "The Eagle has Landed".

There were six such Apollo landings between 1969 and 1972 - Apollos 11,12,14,15,16,and 17. (The Apollo 13 mission was aborted due to a mal-function on the way to the moon, and was the topic of a movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.)

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