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    Apollo in 50 numbers: The full list

    Future technology news Aug 6, 2019 at 21:03
    Apollo in 50 numbers: The full list

    Apollo in 50 numbers: The full list

    Over the last month, BBC Future brought the fascinating history of the Apollo programme to life in 50 numbers – here’s the full list.

    This week marked 50 years since the three Apollo 11 astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins – returned to Earth, having become the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

    The Apollo programme which took them there would run until 1972. In all, there were 12 manned missions, brought to life by a workforce of over 400,000. As one of the greatest industrial projects ever mounted, its legacy continues today.

    BBC Future’s space columnist Richard Hollingham told the story of the programme in 50 numbers, spread across 10 stories. Here, we’ve provided the full list.

    0: Bottles of brandy consumed in space

    0.2: Apollo 11 radiation exposure, in rads

    1: Number of women in Flight Control (Apollo 11)

    2: Maximum speed of crawler transporter, in miles per hour

    3: Cases of flatulence

    4.5: Habitable volume of Lunar module, in cubic metres

    5: Number of Saturn V stages still in Earth/Moon orbit

    5.50: Cost of the Apollo 11 flag, in US dollars and cents

    6: Packs of pineapple fruit cake

    7: Re-entry speed, in miles per second

    8: Number of Apollo astronauts who died during Apollo

    9: Number of tape players taken into orbit

    12: Number of Moonwalkers

    15: Number of microwave meals eaten

    15.28: Combined spaceflight experience of Apollo 14 crew before mission, in hours and minutes

    18: Different names for Apollo spacecraft

    21: Days Apollo 11 crew spent in quarantine

    22: Diameter of Saturn V computer

    24: Decongestants used on Apollo 7

    25: Length of duct tape rolls, in feet

    33.31: Expenses claimed by Buzz Aldrin for Apollo 11, in US dollars

    34: Percentage of US public in favour of Moon missions in 1967

    36: Weight of lunar satellite launched into orbit by Apollo, in kilograms

    38: Average age of the Apollo astronauts

    47: Years since a human walked on the Moon

    60: Miles walked or driven on the Moon

    64: Width of TV dish which received images from the Moon, in metres

    73: Hours Al Worden (Apollo 15) spent alone in space

    74: Memory in Apollo guidance computer, in kilobytes

    75: Length of Apollo broadcasts, in minutes

    80: Number of hours Apollo astronauts walked spent on EVAs

    100: Percentage of cloud cover for Apollo 12 launch

    111: Height of Saturn V rocket, in metres

    150: Neil Armstrong’s heartrate, in beats per minutes

    170: Weight of steak consumed before lift-off, in grams

    362: Weight of lunar samples gathered, in kilograms

    398: Stamped envelopes taken to the Moon (Apollo 15)

    500: Number of seeds carried into space

    1202: Apollo 11 warning alarms

    2,382: Images of Earthrise

    2,800: Calories consumed per day by Apollo astronauts

    28,000: Distance from Earth, in miles, of the Blue Marble image

    38,000: Hours on simulators before missions

    100,000: Cost of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, in US dollars

    238,855: Distance to the Moon, in miles

    400,000: Total Apollo workforce

    35m: Thrust at lift-off of Saturn V rocket, in Newtons

    388m: Cost of lunar lander programme

    600m: TV audience of Apollo 11

    25.4bn: Total cost of Apollo programme, in 1969 US dollars

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