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A look back at U.S. astronauts’ visit to Bolivia prior to the lunar landing

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By ITN News Editor July 20, 2019 16:55

A look back at U.S. astronauts’ visit to Bolivia prior to the lunar landing

The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind’s first visit to the moon 50 years ago, once obtained information from an Observatory – based in Bolivia’s Chacaltaya mountain – aimed at helping the Apollo 11 mission.  The observatory, which belongs to the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in Bolivia, was created in 1952 at 18,000 feet above sea level and is one of the few places on Earth where two Earth-orbiting “moons” entirely made of dust can be observed. These dust clouds could not be seen until 1961, when their namesake, Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski, caught a glimpse. In 1966, astronaut Neil Armstrong visited the country to test material resistance in an arid corner of southwestern Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni. Armstrong then returned to the country in 1969, bringing with him a moonstone gift, beloved by Bolivian astronomers.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 20, 2019 16:55