Queen Elizabeth joined 73 world leaders whose message to Apollo 11 was engraved on a silicon disc, and left that message on the moon in 1969 after crew members became the first humans to walk on the moon. The Queen died at the age of 96 on September 8 But her salute to the spacefaring heroes, on behalf of the British people, will forever be on the moon.
And according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, in addition to sending a message with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, she also met them at Buckingham Palace three months after the team returned home from their epic journey to the moon.
The Queen is famous for her long presence in humanity’s journey into space, and NASA shared her condolences on Twitter within hours of the Queen’s death, tweeting: “The reign of Queen Elizabeth II extended throughout spaceflight, before both Sputnik and Explorer 1,” adding, “As we join in condolences in In her passing, we have been touched by the curiosity that Her Royal Highness has shown to explorers over the years.”
The Queen’s full letter reads: “On behalf of the British people, I salute the skill and courage that brought man to the moon, may this endeavour increase the knowledge and welfare of mankind.” Her letter and 72 other letters are reduced to 200 times smaller than the head of a pin before it was engraved. On the gray dial, each message appears as a dot, there are messages from President Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
At the top of the disc is the inscription: “Goodwill letters from around the world brought to the Moon by Apollo 11 astronauts.” Around the Edge Phrase: “From Planet Earth” – July 1969.
“Messages from foreign leaders congratulate the United States and its pioneers and also express hope for peace for all nations of the world,” the NASA press release said.
The Queen also showed great interest in mankind’s journey to the final frontier, meeting Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on July 14, 1961 after he made history as the first person to visit space, and in 2007, the Queen and Prince Philip toured NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where they were greeted Astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Tim Peake, the UK’s first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, met the Queen, who sent him a message in 2015, the night before he was first launched into space, and when Peake returned to Earth in 2016, he gifted the Queen the British flag. The one he wore in his space suit while doing his space walk outside the station.