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The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

Travelling to the moon has always been fascinating. Moon itself is a topic of interesting discussion since a long time. Everyone on this planet is always eager to know what is happening on the surface of moon. This is one reason why, going to the moon was a fantastic achievement and  astronauts were often portrayed as almost superhuman. But, the reality is, they are also flawed like normal people, so not everything that happened fitted in with NASA’s corporate image and public relations plan. Here is a list of 10 things that NASA apparently wanted to keep secret about Apollo Mission:

1 – Images Of Playboy Playmates Were Flown To The Moon

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Alan Bean and Pete Conrad were about two and a half hours into the second moon walk of Apollo 12, when Bean turned the next page of his checklist book and he was looking at a picture of Miss December 1968 from Playboy magazine. The additions had been made by Dave Scott, however they din’t say anything as everything was getting recorded but they sure enjoyed some giggle together.

2 – An Art Installation Was Probably Smuggled To The Moon

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Dave Scott, the Apollo 15 astronaut, left behind a tiny metal statue called Fallen Astronaut – a memorial to the astronauts and cosmonauts who lost their lives in the name of space exploration. However, another piece of art made it there, which was apparently the most striking image by Andy Warhol, interpreted as a rocket in flight, a stylized image of the initials AW, or the sort of crude drawing of a penis and testicles. It was apparently smuggled to the Moon, and the person who did it, is unknown.

3 – The Bathroom Facilities On Apollo Spacecraft Were Less Than Ideal

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While peeing in Apollo involved a vacuum process, poop had to be directed in the feral bag using a finger. It had to made sure that the separation is done and the poop is gone in the bag, because unlike Earth, things there, set where they are and not fall. Here is a transcript from Apollo 10 as found in listverse.com:

Tom Stafford: Oh—Who did it?
John Young: Who did what?
Gene Cernan: What?
Tom Stafford: Who did it?
Gene Cernan: Where did that come from?
Tom Stafford: Give me a napkin quick. There’s a turd floating through the air.
John Young: I didn’t do it. It ain’t one of mine.
Gene Cernan: I don’t think it’s one of mine.
Tom Stafford: Mine was a little more sticky than that. Throw it away.
John Young: God Almighty

4 – Three Bottles Of Brandy Boarded Apollo 8

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Apollo 8 began its journey back to Earth on Christmas Day, and instead of the usual tasteless space food the crew found Christmas dinner, including real turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Another treat also involved three bottles of Brandy, which the astronauts were not allowed to have under Frank Borman’s command.

5 – NASA Lost An Apollo Command Module, And The Russians Gave It Back To Them

The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

During Southwind’s courtesy visit to the Russian port of Murmansk, the Russians handed over some American property, which was an Apollo Command Module with a NASA logo clearly painted on the side.

6 – Most Americans Did Not Like Spending Billions On Apollo

President Kennedy, In a speech to Congress on May 25, 1961 made a statement regarding funding for the nations’s goal of landing to the moon. It was approved but apparently more than 50% of public opposed the plan and thought the expenses for the mission were not worth.

7 – Buzz Aldrin Took Holy Communion On The Moon

The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

In the interval between establishing that it was safe to stay and starting preparations for the first moonwalk, Buzz Aldrin opened a small plastic package containing communion bread and apparently poured a tiny amount of wine from a miniature chalice with Neil Armstrong standing next to him. However, NASA did not approve to publicize Aldrin’s taking of communion as it was already involved in fighting a lawsuit about religion.

8 – Divers Who Opened Capsules After Splashdown Had To Be Ready For A Smell

The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

The men opening the hatch had to brace themselves for a serious assault on their noses, as a tiny air-tight room, three men, 12 days, no shower, would not give a pleasant smell. Luckily for the astronauts, the human mind adapts to whatever the background odor is.

9 – The Saturn V Rocket Designer Left The USA Accused Of War Crimes

The Apollo Mission: 10 Facts NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

Arthur Rudolph spent years working as Wernher von Braun’s deputy who was project director of the Saturn V program, and like von Braun, Rudolph had spent the Second World War developing the V2 rocket for the Nazis, and it was estimated that at least 12,000 people died making V2s. Arthur Rudolph was claimed to be at least partially responsible for these deaths. He was forced to leave the USA and renounce his American citizenship.

10 – A High Potassium Diet On Apollo 16 Caused A Flatulence Problem

Dave Scott and Jim Irwin suffered minor heart irregularities during Apollo 15 apparently because of a deficiency in potassium, so for the next mission, the astronauts received lots of orange juice with added potassium to drink. But, it apparently had a side effect that caused farts. It was evident from the microphone which was inadvertently left on. Breaking wind in a spacesuit is bad not only because of the smell, but also, the main gas emitted is methane, which is flammable.

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