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Just 6 days prior to International Moon Day, Chandrayan - 3 began its journey to the moon on 14th July 2023. It was truly a magical experience to witness this spectacle on our television screens.

Taking you back down the memory line, Neil Armstrong and Aiden were the first astronauts who stepped foot on the moon on 20th July 1969. Their willpower and determination was rewarded by the United Nations General Assembly, celebrating their feat titled International Moon Day every year.

To pay homage to the astronauts’ successful milestone, here’s a blog that brings their aura back to life. First, we’ll start by listing the astronauts who successfully landed on the Moon.

Post, we’ll throw light on the best workation destinations to watch the moon. Finally, share some ideas on ways to celebrate this day in the office.

International Moon Day - List of Astronauts who landed on the Moon

The below-mentioned list of astronauts aren’t just our inspiration but a guide to expanding our horizon into the world of astronomy.

Astronaut Name

    Mission 

    Birth Date 

Total EVA Duration

Astronaut Service

Neil Armstrong 

    Apollo 11 

5th Aug 1930

2 hours and 31 minutes

      NASA 

Buzz Aldrin 

    Apollo 11 

20th Jan 1930 

2 hours and 31 minutes 

    Air Force 

Pete Conrad 

    Apollo 12 

2nd June 1930

7 hours and 45 minutes 

      Navy 

Alan Bean 

    Apollo 12 

15th March 1932 

7 hours and 45 minutes

      Navy 

Alan Shepard 

  Apollo 14 

18th Nov 1923

9 hours and 21 minutes

      Navy 

Edgar Mitchell 

  Apollo 14 

17th Sept 1930

9 hours and 21 minutes 

      Navy 

David Scott 

  Apollo 15

6th June 1932

18 hours and 33 minutes

    Air Force 

James Irvin 

  Apollo 15

17th March 1930

18 hours and 33 minutes

    Air Force 

John Young 

  Apollo 16 

24th Sep 1930

20 hours and 14 minutes

    Navy 

Charles Duke 

  Apollo 16 

3rd October 1935

20 hours and 14 minutes

  Air Force 

Gene Cernan 

  Apollo 17

14th March 1934

22 hours and 2 minutes

    Navy 

Harrison Schmitt

  Apollo 17 

3rd July 1935 

22 hours and 2 minutes

    NASA

International Moon Day - Top 3 workation places to watch the Moon

If your organization hasn't planned a workation yet, here’s a wonderful opportunity coming your way. This International Moon Day, let your employees feel engaged by organizing a trip to one of the best workation destinations in the world.

Here are the top 3 workation places to watch the moon

1. Castle Hot Springs, Arizona, United States

As one of the best Dark Sky locations available, Castle Hot Springs in Arizona, part of the Small Luxury Hotels group, is a good sight where you can experience the grandeur of the moon on International Moon Day.

Tucked away in the Bradshaw Mountains, you’ll find Sky View Cabins with a telescope for gazing at the night sky. If you are looking for assistance, there’s also an on-site astronomer helping to guide you as you gaze into infinity and beyond.

2. Lake Titicaca, Peru

At an altitude of 3,812 m, you will feel much closer to the moon and stars at Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s largest lakes, which borders Peru and Bolivia.

Visiting Lake Titicaca on the International Moon Day gives jaw-dropping vibes of happiness When the sky is clear, you won’t even need any specialized equipment to enjoy the view of the moon hanging in the night sky.

Simply head outdoors and look up—the Milky Way stretches across the sky in all its glory.

3. Chandrashila, Uttarakhand

At a height of 4,000 meters, Chandrashila is a peak in the Garhwal Himalayas. In addition to providing expansive vistas of the Himalayan peaks, such as Nanda Devi and Trishul, it is a well-liked trekking location.

On a full moon night, moonlight illuminates the snow-capped summits, fostering a serene mood. From Chopta, which is reachable by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Dehradun, you must trek to Chandrashila.

The Deoria Tal—Duggalbitta—Tungnath—Chandrashilla route is a popular one for trekkers in the winter.

Top 3 ways to celebrate International Moon Day in office

Every global event needs to be acknowledged and celebrated by employees to get a fair idea on the activities around the globe.

To accompany you with the same, here are 3 ways to celebrate International Moon Day in the office.

1. Create a quiz session with the team

During the town hall, the organizers can have a quiz session about the moon. The correct answers would get rewarded.

You can use Xoxoday Plum, a reputed rewards marketplace to reward employees for these activities and quizzes. The employees can use Xoxoday’s global rewards catalog to redeem these reward points.

2. Relive the Chandrayan - 3 event with the office projector

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If you happen to miss out on the Chandrayan - 3 launch, request the HR management to screen the event through the office projector.

This helps promote employee engagement and enhance practical and theoretical knowledge about the lunar exploration mission.  

3. Gift employees with books about the Moon

Most of us have knowledge only about the Moon landing, many of us aren’t aware about how the moon functions or the people associated with the Moon.

Here are few books which we can recommend:

  • Moon : An Illustrated History - written by Warmflash.
  • The Book of the Moon - written by Dr. Maggie Aderin Pocock
  • Eight years to the Moon - written by Nancy Atkinson
  • 50 things to see on the Moon - written by John A Read

Conclusion

As we gear up to International Moon Day, let’s honor the talented astronauts by learning about their life stories, how they planned this trip to the moon, and taking positives from their experience.

Their learnings in visiting the moon and values will help shape the future of astronomy!

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