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Apollo 11 Facts and Statistics

With the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing mission almost here, I thought it would be interesting to do a little research and see what Apollo 11 facts and statistics I could dig up. Here is what I was able to find so far. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Apollo 11 Facts and Statistics

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See also: Amazing NASA Statistics and Facts

Please note that some of these Apollo 11 stats are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official government tallies. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don't guarantee anything.

Apollo 11 Facts and Statistics

  • Apollo 11 Launch Date: July 16, 1969
  • Apollo 11 Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Apollo 11 Crew Members:
    • Neil Armstrong, Commander
    • Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot
    • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot
  • Apollo 11 Backup Crew:
    • James Lovell, Commander
    • Fred Haise Jr, Lunar Module Pilot
    • William Anders, Command Module Pilot
  • Apollo 11 Call Signs:
    • Command and Service Modules: Columbia
    • On Moon: Tranquility Base
    • Lunar Module: Eagle
  • Apollo 11 Moon Landing Date: July 20, 1969
  • Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site: Mare Tranquilitatis (Sea of Tranquility)
  • Neil Armstrong's First Words After Stepping onto the Moon:

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

  • Apollo 11 Landing Date on Earth: July 24, 1969
  • Apollo 11 Recovery Vehicle: USS Hornet
  • Apollo 11 Landing Site: Pacific Ocean (Southwest of Hawaii)
  • Apollo 11 Mission Goal:

"To complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth." (source)

  • Estimated number of people that watched the Apollo 11 lunar landing: 650 Million People
  • Amount of time Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent on the moon's surface: 21 hours, 36 minutes
  • Items the Apollo 11 Crew Left Behind on the Moon:
    • The Eagle lunar module with a plaque on one of its legs stating:

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

    • An American flag
    • A patch honoring the Apollo 1 crew
  • Number of additional Apollo astronauts to land on the moon after Apollo 11: 10 (the last one was Gene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, who landed on the moon on December 11, 1972 and departed on December 14, 1972)