Queen Elizabeth on the Moon

I was going down the research rabbit hole this week and came across this interesting factoid:

When Neal Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins boarded the spacecraft Apollo 11 in July 1969 they carried with them a sealed metal container.

In the container was a message from Queen Elizabeth II, which read:

On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the Moon. May this endeavor increase the knowledge and well-being of mankind.

The message was deposited on the moon by the American astronauts on July 21, 1969, along with (among other things) an American flag and a plaque inscribed, “We came in peace for all mankind.”

I love the idea of Queen Elizabeth hitching a ride on Apollo 11 (even symbolically). And I’m also fascinated by the fact that her words (as well as those of other world leaders at the time) have a permanent home on our big beautiful moon the sky.

From SolarSystem.nasa.gov.