Lunar Landing

Grammar is an interesting thing.

The National Atomic Testing Museum has a timeline tracing atomic developments alongside events in popular culture.

The present-tense verb "Lands" is singular; "Land" is plural. So to say that "Apollo 11 lands on the moon", where Apollo 11 is a singular subject, is correct. To say that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong land on the moon is also correct, as the two astronauts are the plural subject.

Michael Collins did not land on the moon.

Is this a profound grammatical error or a basic factual error from a museum of science and technology that's associated with the Smithsonian Institution? If it's the former then the sentence would require a complete re-write to become factually correct. If it's the latter then I should have filled out a comment card after all.

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