QUIZ: Test your Apollo knowledge

Test your knowledge of the Apollo era with our trivia below and share your results with friends!


Along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin which astronaut was on the Apollo 11 Mission?

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Astronaut Michael Collins served as the Command Module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission. He is one of only 27 people who have flown to the Moon.

Apollo 11 launched on a 363-foot-tall rocket called what?

Saturn V launch
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Mighty and massive, the Saturn V rocket is the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever flown. NASA used the colossal Saturn V rockets primarily during the Apollo program to send Americans to the Moon. See one of the few remaining Saturn V rockets at Space Center Houston.

How many times was Apollo 12 struck by lightning?

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Apollo 12 was struck by lightning not once, but twice during the mission. Thanks to a quick-thinking crew, they were able to recover power and continue the mission as planned.

How did the first men on the Moon describe how it smelled?

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When Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong returned to the lunar lander covered with a layer of Moon dust, they reported that it smelled somewhat like wet ashes and gunpowder.

Which Apollo crews were quarantined upon returning to Earth?

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Before the Apollo missions, NASA didn’t know if the Moon harbored hazardous microbes. As the first Apollo missions to land on the Moon, Apollo 11, 12 and 14 crews were quarantined until it was determined there was no risk.

How many crew members were on each Apollo mission?

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Each Apollo mission had three crew members: a commander, a command module pilot and a lunar module pilot.

What date did Apollo 11 land on the Moon?

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The first Moon landing took place on July 20, 1969. Celebrate this historic moment at Space Center Houston July 16-24.

Who was the last person to walk on the Moon?

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Gene Cernan was the last man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. See the flown Apollo 17 spacecraft at Space Center Houston.

How many people have walked on the Moon?

Walking on the lunar surface
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A total of 12 astronauts walked on the Moon during the Apollo era.

What is Buzz Aldrin’s real first name?

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Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, earned the nickname “Buzz” from his younger sister who mispronounced “brother” as “buzzer.” Aldrin legally changed his name to Buzz in 1988. Bonus fact: Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon.

How many pounds of lunar material did the Apollo missions bring back to Earth?

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Between 1969 and 1972 six Apollo missions brought back 842 pounds of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the Moon’s surface. Touch a real Moon rock and see the largest collection of Moon rocks on public display in Space Center Houston’s lunar vault.

Who was the flight director in Mission Control during the historic Apollo 11 launch and splashdown?

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Gene Kranz was the Apollo 11 flight director. He was NASA’s second chief flight director after founding flight director Chris Kraft. Explore the newly restored Historic Mission Control during your next Space Center Houston adventure and see one of Kranz’s iconic vests in Space Center Houston’s Starship Gallery.

In which ocean did the Apollo 11 spacecraft splash down?

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The Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down about 900 miles southwest of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean. Celebrate this unforgettable moment at Space Center Houston’s Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown party on July 24.

About how long did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spend on the Moon’s surface?

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The Apollo 11 astronauts spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Michael Collins on the Columbia command module in lunar orbit.

Where did President Kennedy give his famous speech imploring Americans to go the Moon?

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President John F. Kennedy gave his famous “We choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University in Houston on Sept. 12, 1962. See the actual podium he stood at during the speech at Space Center Houston.

After the Apollo program, some Apollo hardware was used to build America’s first space station. What was it called?

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Following the cancellation of Apollo 18, 19 and 20, NASA was able to use hardware intended for Apollo missions to build Skylab, America’s first space station. Walk through the Skylab 1-G Trainer where astronauts first trained for extended life in space at Space Center Houston.

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