Twelve American guys walked on the Moon among 1969 and 1972, with most describing in first rate element their reports at the dusty, low-gravity global lit by means of the blinding light of the solar.

right here are their impressions, collected from a sequence of oral records interviews through Nasa at some point of the 1990s and 2000s, until in any other case stated.

right after touchdown

"That's in which you enjoy the most quiet second a man or women can revel in in his lifetime.

. There's no vibration. There's no noise. The ground end speaking.

"Your accomplice is mesmerised. He can't say something. The dust is long gone. It's a realisation, a fact, all of a surprising you have just landed in some other global on another body out there (someplace within the) universe, and what you are seeing is being seen by means of humans, human eyes, for the first time."

Gene Cernan, Apollo 17

absolutely black sky

"We had a few moments to look around, to look up in the black sky ─ a very black sky, even though the solar is shining at the floor, it's no longer meditated; there’s no diffusion, no mirrored image ─ a totally black sky and seeing some other planet: planet Earth [...] you observed to your self, just believe that millions of people are residing on that planet and don't understand how fragile it is."

Alan Shepard, Apollo 14

The horizon

"i used to be amazed with the aid of the apparent closeness of the horizon. I was amazed by using the trajectory of dirt that you kicked up together with your boot, and i used to be amazed that despite the fact that logic could have advised me that there shouldn't be any, there was no dirt whilst you kicked. You by no means had a cloud of dust there. That's a product of getting an ecosystem, and whilst you don't have an environment, you don't have any clouds of dust.

"i was actually dumbfounded when I shut the rocket engine off and the debris that were going out radially from the lowest of the engine fell all of the manner out over the horizon, and after I close the engine off, they simply raced out over the horizon and right now disappeared, you know, much like it were close off for a week. That become awesome."

Neil Armstrong, Apollo eleven

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"There's a problem on the Moon. Your ─ with depth belief, due to the fact you're searching at gadgets you've by no means visible earlier than, so a big item a long way away looks very similar to a smaller item close in. You don't have any pole ─ cellphone poles or houses or trees or cars to sit down and decide scale like we did [...] down here on earth."

Charlie Duke, Apollo sixteen

A lazy lope

"There seems to be no problem in shifting round ─ as we suspected. It's even possibly less complicated than the simulations of 1-6th g that we finished inside the diverse simulations at the floor. It's truely no hassle to stroll round." Armstrong to project manipulate rapidly after descending from Apollo eleven's lunar module.

"I started going for walks round a chunk, and it felt like i was shifting in gradual movement in a lazy lope, frequently with each of my feet floating in the air. One of the pure joys of being on the Moon was our fairly lightfooted mobility."

Apollo eleven's Buzz Aldrin in his e book "stunning Desolation: The long journey home from the Moon"

"i might say that stability [while walking] turned into no longer hard; but, I did some fairly high jumps and observed that there has been a bent to tip over backwards on a excessive bounce. One time I came near falling and decided that was sufficient of that."

Armstrong throughout his 1969 technical debrief

The gloves

"the biggest problem is that the gloves are balloons [...] to select some thing up, you have to squeeze towards that pressure, three.7 psi [...] That squeezing towards that strain causes these forearm muscle tissues to fatigue very rapidly. Simply believe squeezing a tennis ball continuously for eight hours or ten hours, and that's what you're speakme approximately."

Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17

Hardened soil

"Getting the flagpole to stand inside the lunar surface become more difficult than we expected... For the primary time a shot of panic seared thru me. For the reason that adolescence I had visible snap shots of first-rate explorers planting their flags in their new worlds. Could I be the first to plant the flag and feature it fall over?"

Aldrin in "remarkable Desolation"

Nasty dust

"I observed a number of the moon dust at the ground [of the lunar module]. It had a gritty charcoal-like texture to it, and a pungent metal scent, some thing like gunpowder or the scent in the air after a firecracker has long past off. Neil described it as having a 'wet ashes' smell."

Aldrin in "staggering Desolation"

An epiphany

"All of a sudden I realised that the molecules of my frame and the spacecraft and my partner were prototyped in an historic generation of stars. And by some means it unexpectedly became very private instead of an objective: 'Oh, yes. Molecules and atoms had been made in the ones stars.' No. My molecules were made in the ones stars, and this became a 'wow!'"

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14