[Photo courtesy of the Joliet Area Historical Museum]
Maurer shared the following Apollo 11 trivia:
• The Apollo 11 computer had 2 MHz of processing power, 4 KB of RAM, and 72 KB of ROM, less than that of a modern calculator. Minutes before landing, the processor became overloaded due to extra tasks performed by the landing radar..
• For obvious reasons, the astronauts could not buy life insurance. So, for months prior to going to the moon, the astronauts signed thousands of postcards and left them with their wives. If they died during the mission, the wives could sell the autographs and make the value of a life insurance policy.
• The command module was only 12’ 10” wide and 10’ 7” high.
• The space suit and backpack the astronauts wore weighed 180 pounds on Earth, but only 30 pounds on the moon
• On the way to the moon, the Apollo 11 spacecraft did a “rotisserie roll," rotating three times per hour so that the sun’s heat wouldn’t expand one side of the vehicle.
• The astronauts ate individually packaged meals and consumed a total of 2600 calories per day.
• After landing on July 24, the astronauts were put into quarantine until Aug. 10.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Journey Into History
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. July 19
WHERE: Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St. Joliet
COST & INFO: Call 815-723-5201 or visit jolietmuseum.org.