Posted by Ars Technic on March 14, 2020 12:29:23It all started with a little bit of an off-the-cuff remark by the astronauts, who were preparing to fly to the Moon for the first time in 25 years.
In an interview with the Associated Press, NASA astronaut Mike Collins recalled: “We were looking forward to seeing the first Apollo moon landing.
The thought of getting down there was a dream come true.
I thought to myself, ‘Wow, we’re going to do it!'”
But there was more to the plan than that.
The astronauts planned to land on the moon on August 6, 1969, and when the moon rose above the Earth’s surface, Collins and his team planned to take pictures and record the event.
But that was a tall order.
As the AP report explains, the Apollo 10 mission was aborted due to the presence of the giant dust clouds over the South Pole.
By the time the Apollo 13 mission was launched, the dust clouds had disappeared and the crew had only been able to record images of the lunar surface.
Collins told the AP that his team’s final flight plan was for them to make the final approach to the lunar limb at around 5:45 p.m.
ET on August 7.
On August 6th, a little over four years after the Apollo astronauts left their post, the lunar dust cloud reached the Earth.
It was a storm of dust that reached the ground in a big pile, and the dust cloud that formed was the result of the Apollo spacecraft’s atmospheric entry and descent (or EVA) procedure.
The crew had been prepared to go to the moon for over a month and an hour by the time of the EVA, and it was the crew’s decision to wait for a little longer.
As Collins told AP, “It’s kind of a joke because the mission was so big, and so much of the time we didn’t even see it, we were in the dark about it.
So it was a little surreal.”
But the dust did arrive.
In the hours and days after the lunar landing, the Earth was covered with huge quantities of dust.
When the dust started to settle, the crew were able to photograph the Apollo 12 mission, which was also a successful EVA.
And that’s when the meme really took off.
The video of the astronauts landing on the Moon (and some of the other Apollo 11 missions) has been watched more than 40 million times on YouTube.
As the AP article explains, “The idea of making a video of people being on the surface of the moon was a new thing for us.
It’s kind, it’s fun.
And we thought it was kind of cool.”
After Collins and the other astronauts were back in Houston, Collins was interviewed by the AP.
He told the reporter that the video had become a viral sensation.
The meme has gone viral in many ways, including on social media, and is used by people who enjoy seeing the astronauts walk away from the lunar lander, which is the actual Moon lander that landed on the lunar landscape on July 20, 1969.
The AP reports that this viral video has been viewed more than 42 million times.
The NASA Space Image Center, which runs the Apollo images, recently posted the video on YouTube with the caption, “Apollo 11 – The Meme Goes Viral.”
The video was also featured on a popular video game called Space Hulk, and a fan created an Apollo 11 replica coin, known as the “Apocostus.”
This coin was also made into a t-shirt.