50 Years Ago, Apollo 12 Astronauts Walked on the Moon. They Had the Funniest Crew
Pete Conrad can be heard singing to himself while bouncing around on the moon.
Apollo 11 may have made history as the first mission to land humans on the moon, but Apollo 12, which landed on the moon 50 years ago today, apparently had the funniest crew, according to NPR.
In the audio interview above from NPR’s Morning Edition, NPR correspondent Geof Brumfiel and Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, the curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discuss the often overlooked charm of Apollo 12.
They begin by noting that it’s common for Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 (because of its depiction in the film “Apollo 13” starring actor Tom Hanks) to overshadow Apollo 12. However, Apollo 12 was eventful from the get go.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925