In honour of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing – which launched on July 16th, 1969 – Destin from SmarterEveryDay went to the NASA facility where they keep about 70% of the Moon Rocks that were ever collected (Apollo Missions 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). The video offers us a truly amazing inside view on how the rocks are stored, manipulated, documented, etc.
Extra kudos to his guide Andrea Mosie, who speaks in such a passionate, open, and honest way about it all. It must be a joy and privilege to work with her.
💩 Did you know: In order to take all those rocks back, the astronauts left a lot of their stuff on the moon … including wastebags filled with their own poop.
In the end of the video Dustin refers to It’s Okay To Be Smart‘s video on The Genesis Rock, which is also worth your time:
The Wikipedia article on Moon Rocks is also worth a read 🙂
🚀 If you really want to go back in time you can – just like with the Apollo 17 Mission before – relive the entire Apollo 11 Mission in real-time. Included real-time elements are:
- All mission control film footage
- All TV transmissions and onboard film footage
- 2,000 photographs
- 11,000 hours of Mission Control audio
- 240 hours of space-to-ground audio
- All onboard recorder audio
And to say some people still think this was all a scam 😅