National Moon Day:
National Moon Day is celebrated on every July 20, to tribute the U.S Lunar Landing Mission.
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on July 20th:
Why National Moon Day?
Moon is an obvious mysterious satellite. Though numerous theories proved various statements about the moon. The Moon Landing on July 20 gave a clear-cut picture of its features and dimensions.
Still when our counterparts, other countries strive hard to land on the Moon, it was us who did even before seven decades. And the only country ever to land on the moon with a crew and achieved successful return.
Though Many missions were failures at launch, we stepped the success stone with Project Apollo that conducted successful mission on Lunar Landing.
It is our duty to celebrate the National Moon Day by commemorating the entire crew of the mission who put up their lives to make us the pioneers.
How can we observe National Moon Day:
Check the full history of Moon Landing and honor every person who involved in this. Share your respect and gratitude through your words on the social media using the hashtags #NationalMoonDay and #MoonDay.
Organizations will launch several exhibitions. Take part in the celebrations.
Take part in the below Quiz and answer the Questions in comment section:
- Which are the Planes that has Moons in the Solar System?
- How many attempts were conducted before 1969 Landing by the United States?
- How many astronauts landed on the Moon in Apollo Mission 1969?
- How many days Neil Armstrong stayed in the Moon?
- Does water present in the Moon?
Interesting facts about National Moon Day:
Let’s see some interesting facts about the Moon Landing mission:
Apollo program was first launched during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1968 to1972.
Apollo 11 is a three-person spacecraft that included astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon whereas Micheal Collins remained in the spacecraft. All the three successfully landed on Earth.
After Apollo 11 landed, after six hours and 36 minutes later, Neil Armstrong became the First Human to step on the moon followed by Buzz Aldrin after 19 minutes. They spent around 2 hours and collected 21.5 kg of lunar material.
Project Apollo was abruptly stopped on 1967 when Apollo 1 with astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger B. Chaffee has caught fire during the launch rehearsal test that lead to the death of the 3 astronauts. All of them suffered third degree burns and the autopsy reported the cause of the death to be cardiac arrest due to high concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. The choice of flammable material in the Cabin, purity of Oxygen concentration, poor hatch design, Failed Emergency preparedness led to the cause of deaths.
After 1 year, the Apollo mission resumed, and Apollo 11 is established after rehearsal.
Soviet Union tried hard to beat the United States by launching a robotic Spacecraft Luna 15 before 3 days of Apollo launch. But unfortunately, Luna is crashed due to a malfunction before 2 hours of Apollo 11 launch.
Apollo 11 was the fifth crewed mission of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the spacecraft successfully splashed down in the pacific on July 24. Through which, The United States fulfilled the Kennedy’s national Goal.
Apollo 12 is the sixth crewed spacecraft and the second one to land on the moon by November 1969 followed by Apollo 11. Though struck twice by lightening, it achieved landing at the expected location. It Splashed down on November 24 successfully.
History of National Moon Day:
National Moon Day is an Official recognition to acclaim the ever-historic Moon Landing on this same Day, July 20.
To celebrate our precious Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot on the only natural satellite of the Earth, Moon! Two Years after, By the year 1971, the then US President Richard Nixon declared July 20 as “National Moon Day” to commemorate the mighty Apollo11 and the whole crew.
Though Richard Nixon declared it, the another prominent leader to remember on this day is Ex-President John.F.Kennedy ,who strived hard and asserted Lunar Landing as an “Urgent National Needs”.
Though he was no more to see this historic accomplishment, his desire for the Moon Landing and his will to achieve this renowned mission reckoned this momentous success. Perhaps, Apollo was dedicated to John.F.Kennedy for his national goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”.