Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Moon Landing Quiz?
By: Elizabeth Lavis
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About This Quiz
The moon landing is among the most celebrated events in American history; it was the thrilling end to a Cold War-era space race and a testament to grit, endurance and the desire to find out what was in the furthest reaches of our galaxy. The three astronauts aboard Apollo 11 were heralded as heroes when they returned home, but it took incredible guts to get them up there in the first place. Back in the 1960s, the moon was truly an unknown entity and nobody knew what they'd find on her potentially hostile terrain or possibly poisonous atmosphere!
The space race defined the latter part of the twentieth century and ushered in a new era of bright-eyed kids dreaming of being the next one selected by NASA to venture up to the stars and explore worlds beyond our own. Everybody knows all of the major events of that fateful day, but how well do you really know the space mission that put the United States on the map as an intergalactic superpower? It's time to prove that your moon landing knowledge is more than just surface-deep with this quiz that 99 percent of people are guaranteed to fail. Will you prevail?
He pushed for the moon landing but tragically wasn't around to see it happen. What U.S. president spurned on the space race?
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was the optimistic United States president that pushed the Americans on in the space race. Tragically, he was gunned down on November 22, 1963, which meant he never saw Apollo 11 land on the moon.
True or false: The astronauts were allowed to immediately go home with their families after they returned from the moon?
The astronauts aboard Apollo 11 were quarantined for nearly a month after they returned from their moon mission. It totally makes sense, as they could have contracted anything from their space adventure!
What brainiac led the team that wrote the code for the Apollo Guidance Computer?
Margaret Hamilton broke the ultimate glass ceiling in a time when women had very few options in engineering, let alone space travel. She and her team were instrumental in getting Apollo 11 space-borne.
Buzz Aldrin used a pen to fix a broken switch so they could blast off into lunar orbit? True or false?
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong almost didn't make it off the surface of the moon and into the history books, but thanks to some quick thinking by Buzz, who used a felt-tip pen as a makeshift switch, they were able to come home.
True or false: There will never be a computer as powerful as that which launched Apollo 11?
Although the computer that launched Apollo 11 was cutting edge at the time, it would be eclipsed by even the most rudimentary smartphone today. That's right; you have more tech at your fingertips than NASA had in 1969.
True or false: In 2001, Buzz Aldrin punched a moon-landing denier in the face?
Buzz Aldrin is not one to shy away from conflict as his scuffle with moon-landing denier Bart Sibrel proved. Sibrel wanted Buzz to swear on the Bible that he landed on the moon and called him a coward. Buzz slugged him.
Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on the moon. True or false?
Neil Armstrong might have been the first person to step foot on the moon, but Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the moon. He reportedly peed his spacesuit after remarking how "lonely" the moon was.
The astronauts needed to fill out customs forms upon return to the Earth. True or false?
The astronauts on Apollo 11 actually had to fill out customs forms when they landed back on Earth, and they had to claim the moon rocks that they collected. No word on if they were charged a customs fee.