Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr, the pilot of the lunar module, walks on the surface of the moon near the bed of the lunar module "Eagle" during the first lunar landing of Apollo 11 on the 20th of April. July 1969
WASHINGTON: Twelve American men walked the Moon between 1969 and 1972, and most of them described in great detail their experiences in the dusty and low-gravity world illuminated by the Sun's blinding light.
Below are their impressions, collected from a series of oral history interviews conducted by NASA during the years 1990 and 2000, unless otherwise stated.
– Just after landing –
"This is where you experience the quietest moment that a human can experience throughout his life. There are no vibrations. No noise. The floor stopped talking. His partner is fascinated. Can not say anything. The dust It's been a realization, a reality, you've suddenly landed in another world in another body out there (somewhere in the universe), and what you're seeing is being seen by human beings , human eyes, for the first time ". Gene Cernan, Apollo 17
– Totally black sky –
"We had a few moments to look around, to look at the black sky, a totally black sky, although the Sun shines on the surface, it is not reflected, there is no diffusion, no reflection, a totally black sky See another planet: planet Earth … Think about yourself, imagine that millions of people live on this planet and do not realize how fragile it is. " Alan Shepard, Apollo 14
– Horizon –
"I was surprised by the apparent proximity of the horizon. I was surprised by the trajectory of the dust that I rejected with the boot and I was surprised that, although the logic would have said no There would have to be there, there was no dust when you are suffering. You have never had a dust cloud, this is a product of having an atmosphere and, when you do not have an atmosphere, you do not have dust clouds. The rocket shut off and the particles that emerged radially from the lower part of the engine fell to the end in the horizon, and when I turned off the engine, they just ran through the horizon and disappeared instantly. I had closed for a week. This was remarkable. "Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11
"There is a problem with the Moon. You, with a perception of depth, because you are looking at objects that you have never seen before, so that a large, very distant object seems very similar to a smaller object that is close. You do not have any phone sticks or houses or trees or cars to sit down and judge the scale as we did … here on Earth. "Charlie Duke, Apollo 16
– Laugh Lope –
"It seems that there is no difficulty in moving, as we suspected. Even maybe it's easier than the simulations of a sixth of which we have done in the different simulations on the ground. There's no problem walking. " Armstrong to Mission Control shortly after descending from the lunar module of Apollo 11.
"I started to run a bit, and it seemed to me that I moved to a slow camera with a lazy rope, often with both feet floating on the air. One of the pure joy of being on the Moon It was our lightweight mobility. "Buzz Aldrin, from Apollo 11, in his book" The Great Desolation: The Long Trip From The Moon "
"I would say that the balance (while walking) was not difficult, but I made a few very high jumps and found that there was a tendency to fall back in a high jump. Once I was about to I fell and decided that it was enough of this. " Armstrong during his technical report of 1969.
– The gloves –
"The biggest problem is that gloves are balloons … to pick up something, you have to press against this pressure, 3.7 psi … That the pressure against this pressure causes these forearm muscles to get tired Very quickly. Imagine pressing a ball tennis continuously for eight or ten hours, and that's what you're talking about. " Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17
– Hardwood Flooring –
"Making the flag stand on the lunar surface was harder than we expected … For the first time, a panic burned me. Since I had seen images of great explorers who planted their flags To your new worlds. Be the first to plant the flag and drop it? "Aldrin in" Magnificent desolation "
– Nasty dust –
"I noticed some of the moon's dust on the floor (from the lunar module). It had a texture similar to garnet and a metallic spicy odor, something like gunpowder or smell. Air after a firecracker fired Neil described it as a "smell of humid ash." They switched to "Magnificent desolation"
– An Epiphany –
"Suddenly I noticed that the molecules of my body and the spacecraft and my partner were prototyped in an old generation of stars. And somehow one suddenly became very personal instead of an objective: "Oh yes. Molecules and atoms were made in these stars. & # 39; My molecules were made in these stars, and that was a "wow!" "Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14