Think you know all there is to know about the Apollo missions? Take the quiz!


The Apollo missions answered President John F. Kennedy's challenge to take men to the moon and back. How much do you know about the program?

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Question 1 of 20

The Apollo Program is named for the Greek and Roman god of ________.

flight, breath, courage and home
travel, adventure, light and planets
music, poetry, medicine and prophecy

... The name Apollo was selected by NASA mechanical engineer and administrator Dr. Abe Silverstein.


Question 2 of 20

President Kennedy said, 'We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because ________.'

they are tough
they are hard
they are complex, and Americans are problem-solvers

... He said the U.S. does things 'not because they are easy, but because they are hard' at Rice University in Houston in September 1962.


Question 3 of 20

When was the Apollo program active?


... The Apollo program ran from 1961 to 1975; by contrast, the Space Shuttle program ran for 30 years, from 1981 to 2011.


Question 4 of 20

What were NASA's previous manned spaceflight programs?

Mercury and Gemini
Mercury and Icarus
Gemini and Taurus

... Mercury was the first U.S. manned space program and Gemini produced the two-person spacecraft.


Question 5 of 20

What was the first successful manned Apollo mission?

Apollo 6
Apollo 7
Apollo 8

... After the 1967 death of the Apollo 1 astronauts during a preflight test, Apollo 7 lifted off the next year.


Question 6 of 20

When the Apollo 7 service module engine first fired, it startled the crew. What did commander Walter Schirra Jr. yell?

Yabba dabba do!'
To the moon, Alice!'
I'm coming, Elizabeth!'

... While Fred Flintstone powered his car with his feet, the Apollo 7 service module engine could produce 20,500 pounds of force (91,200 newtons).


Question 7 of 20

What was the first Apollo mission to leave Earth orbit?

Apollo 7
Apollo 8
Apollo 9

... Apollo 8 didn't orbit the moon, but it was the first craft to see the moon's far side.


Question 8 of 20

The Apollo 11 command module and lunar module were named Columbia and Eagle. What were the craft of Apollo 10 called?

Freedom and Liberty
Lewis and Clark
Charlie Brown and Snoopy

... Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz often drew Snoopy as an astronaut in his strips, and to this day NASA employees are eligible for the Silver Snoopy award.


Question 9 of 20

What non-mission activity did Buzz Aldrin undertake in the Apollo 11 landing module?

he wrote poetry
he took Holy Communion
he painted a picture of Earth

... The communion set Aldrin used was from Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Tex., which celebrates a Lunar Communion each year on the Sunday nearest the moon landing anniversary.


Question 10 of 20

Which astronaut was revoved from the crew of Apollo 13 just 72 hours before launch because of exposure to German measles?

Thomas K. 'Ken' Mattingly II
Donald Arthur 'Don' Mattingly
Frank Frederick Borman II

... Ken Mattingly was later the Apollo 16 command module pilot.


Question 11 of 20

When Oxygen Tank No. 2 failed during the Apollo 13 mission, what fateful words did Command Module Pilot John L. Swigert Jr. say?

Houston, we are having a problem.
Houston, we've had a problem.
Houston, we have a problem.

... Swigert said, 'Houston, we've had a problem.' The makers of the film 'Apollo 13' changed it to 'Houston, we have a problem' so it would have the urgency of present tense.


Question 12 of 20

Which Apollo crew flew farthest from Earth?

Apollo 13
Apollo 15
Apollo 17

... Since Apollo 13 didn't land on the moon, but went farther beyond it than any craft had; Guinness World Records lists that crew as achieving the highest altitude above Earth -- 248,655 miles (400,171 km).


Question 13 of 20

Where is the Apollo 13 command module today?

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Md.
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan.

... The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and has the largest collection of Russian space memorabilia outside Moscow.


Question 14 of 20

Apollo 14 carried seeds to the moon and back. What are the plants that grew from those seeds called?

moon bushes
moon flowers
moon trees

... Astronaut Stuart Roosa flew with Douglas fir, loblolly pine, redwood, sycamore and sweetgum seeds.


Question 15 of 20

The Apollo 16 crew set a lunar land speed record with their rover. How fast did it go?

11.2 mph (18.0 km/h)
22.3 mph (35.9 km/h)
33.4 mph (53.8 km/h)

... The record of 11.2 mph (18.0 km/h) isn't challenged very often.


Question 16 of 20

Who was the last man to walk on the moon?

Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan
Apollo 17 lunar module pilot Harrison H. Schmitt
Apollo 18 commander Richard F. Gordon

... Like the first, Neil Armstrong, Cernan attended Perdue University. Apollo 18 never occurred.


Question 17 of 20

What was the Soviet program that ran parallel to Apollo?


... The Soyuz program continues today under the Russian government, and ferries passengers to and from the International Space Station.


Question 18 of 20

How much moon rock did the Apollo astronauts bring back to Earth?

248 pounds (112 kg)
428 pounds (194 kg)
842 pounds (382 kg)

... The six Apollo missions brought back 842 pounds (382 kilograms) of lunar core samples, rocks, pebbles and dust.


Question 19 of 20

Which building has a stained-glass window with a piece of moon rock?

Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, N.Y.
U.S. Air Force Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, Col.

... The Scientists and Technicians Window at Washington National Cathedral contains a piece of lunar basalt donated by the crew of Apollo 11.


Question 20 of 20

Which musical act released an album titled 'Apollo 18' in 1992?

David Bowie
They Might Be Giants

... That year, John Flansburgh and John Linnell of the duo They Might Be Giants were musical ambassadors for the International Space Year.


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