Springchicken's Optical Illusion Challenge #6

It looks like all the optical illusions we have come up with are still too easy for the eagle-eyed Springchicken audience. Here's another string of 8 numbers denoting a key date in the 1960s.  

So, we have upped our game with this one. 

As with all optical illusions the trick is to not try too hard. Simply relax and look away, often the answer is unveiled in the periphery of your vision.  

The Optical Illusion Challenge #6 Answer 

Today we thought we would focus on the 'final frontier'. As Captain Kirk referred to it in the prologue to every Star Trek episode.  

 On the 20th of July 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong was to descend from the Eagle space module and be the first human to walk on the moon.  

The answer is of course 20071969

10 Interesting Facts about the Moon Landing  

The moon landing has received so much attention over the years. There are numerous conspiracy theories about events that have ebbed and flowed for over 5 decades now.  

However, the general view is that there was a moon landing and that it took place on 20th July 1969 by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin upon the Apollo 11 space module.  

We thought we would pull together some interesting facts about the momentous event.  

  1. When the crew landed on the Sea of Tranquility there were only 30 seconds of fuel left. Now that's cutting it fine.  
  2. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon's surface. However, it was Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin who was the first man to go to the toilet on the moon. Now there's a claim to fame!!  
  3. Buzz Aldrin was also to become the first human to receive a Christian communion whilst on the moon. As an elder in his Presbyterian Church, Aldrin wanted to take some time to give thanks. He also requested others to do the same across the comms Aldrin said, “I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.” 
  4. Your smartphone and smartwatches harbour far superior computer systems than what propelled the Apollo 11 to the moon back in 1969. The Apollo Guidance Computer Systems had only 8kb (kilobytes)ROM. So, it turns out that the ability to go to the moon lies in the palm of our hand. 
  5. It took just 76 hours (about 3 days) to reach the moon. That's incredible as we have spent longer than that trying to get to Devon for the Summer holidays!  
  6. A stainless steel plaque was left on the moon which read, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” 
  7. There was a malfunction onboard the Eagle landing module involving the circuit breaker switch. This switch was key for their safe return to earth. Luckily, Aldrin replaced the broken switch with a felt tip pen, which worked just as well. Amazing piece of NASA ingenuity!  
  8. Strangely the 'one small step for man' that Neil Armstrong referred to was anything but. The step in question was estimated to be a giant leap of 3 and a half feet!  
  9. It is estimated that the Apollo space programme cost in total $28billion (about $86 per person in the US) in total. This would work out to be over $288billion (about $890 per person in the US) when adjusted for inflation!  
  10. There was no victory parade upon return to earth as the astronauts had to remain in quarantine for 3 weeks. There was a real fear that they would bring back a space bug that could wipe out humanity.  

 Without a doubt, this single event was one of the most engaging of all events in the 20th century. 

 'No other single event had ever galvanized the world’s attention to such a degree'. Buzz Aldrin  

It is estimated that over 650 million people watched the space landing. Can you remember watching it when you were younger? 

We would love to hear your recollections in the comments section below.

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