Leading the way in improvisation
This comes as no surprise to anyone who’s watched the largely accurate portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission and the ways in which NASA scientists on Earth worked miraculous fixes that could bring the crew safely home. But NASA astronauts themselves are no improvisational slouches, either. Apollo 11’s Aldrin actually used a ballpoint pen to fix an essential but broken arming switch in the lunar module, reports NBC.
We talk about last meals. What about the first meals – on the Moon? The first-ever was consumed by Aldrin and Armstrong and consisted of bacon squares, peaches, sugar cookie cubes, pineapple-grapefruit drink, and coffee, all of which were stashed in the lunar module and consumed beside the Sea of Tranquility, reports Smithsonian Magazine.
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Astronauts tell lies…
But it’s for the benefit of our entertainment, stuck as we are back on our home planet. To wit: as Science 101 reports, Alan Shepard, who was on the first manned NASA flight, told reporters that the view from space for the 15 minutes he got to enjoy it was “beautiful” and “brilliantly clear.” The truth: the sun-blocking filter on the periscope he looked through also blocked out most of that beauty and clarity.