Hello, and welcome to a special Good Friday edition of Fact Friday with Screenhog. I am Screenhog, and today we’re talking about the first meal eaten on the moon.
The first men to land on the moon were two astronauts from NASA’s Apollo 11 space program: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. In July of 1969, their lunar module landed on the surface of the moon, but how did they get their nutritious energy before taking that “giant leap for mankind”? One word: bacon. Well actually, it was more than that… the official first meal on the moon consisted of peaches, sugar cookies, pineapple-grapefruit drink, coffee, and bacon squares.
But was it the first food eaten on the moon? Actually, no. Only a few minutes after the Apollo 11 lunar module touched down on the moon, Buzz Aldrin pulled out plastic packages containing a small wafer and a vial of wine. Aldrin was about to perform the Christian ceremony of Communion, and before doing so, spoke this message to the millions of people watching the live broadcast of the Apollo landing:
“This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”
Four hours later, Aldrin and Armstrong stepped out on the surface of the moon and into the history books as representatives of one of the greatest scientific achievements of all time.
This has been Fact Friday. Screenhog out.