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11 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

By Becky Ferreira Jul 21, 2014

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All Hail The Felt-Tip Pen

When it was time to head back to Earth, Armstrong and Aldrin encountered a problem: an important circuit breaker malfunctioned, making it impossible to ignite the engine. Basically, their car broke down on the moon! Can you imagine how nerve-wracking that must have been?! After trying multiple repair techniques suggested by mission control, Aldrin tried the good ole fashioned "jam a felt-tip pen in the darn thing" approach. The makeshift switch worked, and the astronauts were able to rendezvous with Collins in the nick of time.

Tags: science, slideshows, nasa, space travel, moon landing, apollo 11

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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