6 Funny Facts About Neil Armstrong You Haven’t Heard

As the helmet worn by Neil Armstrong in the first moon landing also know as the Apollo 11 Mission goes on display today, it is an honor to bring to you the top 6 funny facts about Neil Armstrong you haven’t heard of.

You know he was the leader of the first crew of astronauts to ever land in the moon. In fact, he is know as the first person to ever walk on the moon.

You also know Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel in Auglaize County, near Wapakoneta, Ohio. And that he was of Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry?

You certainly know Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25, 2012, after complications from coronary artery bypass surgery, at the age of 82?

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Now, Here Are The 6 Funny Facts About Neil Armstrong You Haven’t Heard

1. Neil Armstrong Could Not Afford His Insurance Cover

Before the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 when all three astronauts were in pre-launch quarantine, Neil and his fellow astronauts signed hundred of autographs and sent them to a friend. The plan was: If anything was to happen to him during the mission, the entrusted friend was to send the autographed memorabilia to his family so they could sell the signed autographs and make money. Call it insurance cover through auctions.

2. Neil And His Crew Members Literally Popped Champagne In The Moon

When the Apollo 11’s Eagle Lunar Lander was separating from the CSM Colombia there was a loud pop, a bit like the noise of a champagne bottle being opened. This was because the cabin in the LM hadn’t been fully compressed before the separation. Some claim that this minor fault actually pushed the LM four miles off from where it was originally supposed to land. Now you know who is the original champagne pappy

3. He Was Quarantined After Landing

On their return to Earth, Neil and the 2 other astronauts were put into quarantine for three weeks.

4. One Small Step For Man Wasn’t Small After-all

We all know the famous first words of Neil Armstrong as he stepped foot onto the moon, ‘That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.’ However Armstrong’s first step out onto the Moon wasn’t small at all, in fact Armstrong had landed the Lunar Module so gently that the shock absorbers hadn’t compressed. So his first step out onto the Moon was actually close to a four foot jump onto the lunar surface.

5. Enough Is Enough!

After gathering some Moon samples, taking some pictures and raising the American flag, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the Lunar Module, only to realize that a switch on a crucial circuit breaker had broken. This particular broken switch left them without a way to ignite the engine, so they tried to sleep while the mission control team at NASA tried to find a way to repair it.

Eventually Aldrin decided that enough was enough and jammed his pen into the mechanism creating a make-shift switch. Surprisingly enough this quick-fix worked and launched both Aldrin and Armstrong off the lunar surface.

6. Neil Was Asked To Fill Immigration Form

11. As the Apollo 11 team arrived safely on the Earth, the crew were brought to Hawaii. Despite being the three most famous men at the time, as they had just landed on the Moon safely and returned, they were still asked to fill out a customs and declarations form at security. See the form below:-

Apollo11 Customs Immigration Form
Apollo11 Customs Immigration Form | Image credit: NASA/US Government

As you can imagine, in the section asking “Departure From:”the Apollo 11 crew had to write “The Moon”.

One day, girls will work on the moon with bikini – Darlinton Omeh


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