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News Masters of the Universe: Apollo Edition

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, this week’s News Masters of the Universe is here test your Apollo knowledge to see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut.

Take the quiz below and let us know how you did. Then see how the guys from the Nightside podcast did at the end!

Buzz Aldrin was the SECOND man to walk on the moon. When he joined Armstrong on the surface, he had to make sure to do THIS before leaving “The Eagle” lunar module by itself.

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Your dad would probably say you were raised in a barn if you had done this back on earth
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If the door got shut while the astronauts were out and about the Eagle would have repressurized locking them out.

Shortly before he stepped out of the lunar module, Buzz Aldrin consumed this, which is nicknamed “the first supper” on the moon. What did Aldrin eat?

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You might want to go look up what day of the week July 20th, 1969
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This wasn't the first act of faith in space. The crew of Apollo 8 broadcast themselves back to earth on Christmas Eve as they read the creation account found in Genisis Chapter 1. You can hear more about this, as well as about Aldrin's personal communion service on the moon with Boyd Matheson on Inside Sources. Link at the end of the quiz.

Apollo missions were lifted into space with the most powerful rocket NASA has ever used. These rockets remain the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rockets successfully used in our space program. What were these rockets called?

It's named after a planet known for its rings.
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The Saturn V is made up of five F-1 rocket engines that use 40,000 pounds (20 tons) of fuel a second and generate 7.5 million pounds of thrust. All that power gets used up in about 2 minutes after lift-off too.

Historians aren’t entirely sure, but they think the American flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was purchased by a NASA secretary at this department store.

You could also buy a whole house in this store's catalog at one point.
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The next 4 flags after Apollo 11's were all purchased from a government supply catalog and measured about 3 ft by 5 ft. The last one, however, had been hanging in the Mission Operations Control Room for most of the Apollo program and measured in at 6 feet wide.

Armstrong and Aldrin stepped on the surface of the moon on the evening of July 20, 1969, Houston time. What day of the week was it when most of North America watched the first step live?

You might complain about having to work on this day, but they probably didn't.
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This is one of the reasons that Aldrin decided to use the limited space that he was alotted for personal items to take with him the items he needed for his communion on the moon.

What was the final Apollo mission, which also resulted in the final moon landing in 1972?

The mission number is prime.
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This has been the last time, at least until this point, that humanity has traveled beyond low-earth orbit. In addition to the three astronauts on this mission, there were also five mice that got to tag along as a part of their research.

Buzz Aldrin actually submitted an expense report to NASA for his personal travel related to the Apollo 11 mission. He was reimbursed for how much?

It's not even enough to take the average family in Utah out for dinner.
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Even in space, there's still paperwork! You can see just what this form looked like at the end of the quiz.

How many American flags were planted on the moon between 1969 and 1972?

There were 12 astronauts that have walked on the moon.
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Unfortunately, the flag that was planted by Apollo 11 was knocked over once Armstrong and Aldrin left the moon. They placed it about 27 feet away from the Eagle and Aldrin said he saw it fall over once the engine kicked in and they started their trip back to earth. NASA had all of the rest of the astronauts put their flags further away after that.

News Masters of the Universe: NASA Edition
"Uhhh, Houston. We have a problem."

Looks like you experienced a few problems before liftoff. Your mission has been canceled. Please try again.
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You better start thinking of some iconic words to say when you set foot on the moon. You're an astronaut now.

 

Learn more about Faith in Space on Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson 

As promised, here’s a look at Buzz Aldrin’s expense report.

 

 

See how the Nightside guys Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard did in their quest to see who’s the best right here.