Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, has landed in New Zealand, after being evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare– Buzz is 86 years old. He seems to be doing well. Story here.
From April, 2016:
He’s the second man on the moon, but the first to say he peed on the moon. But enough of that! He’s first in our hearts.
Buzz Aldrin, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctoral degree in astronautics and, at age 85, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels and two children’s books. The newest is No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon.
Buzz got on the phone with Lee Callahan, and with the help of her Facebook friends, asked Buzz the tough questions:
What should be the future of space exploration?
He could see a Starship Enterprise-like reality in the next century.
Does he like science fiction?
Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey)
When did seeing the moon in the sky (after his return) become routine again? It must have been pretty weird there for awhile to look up at the moon and think, “hey, I was THERE!”
He said he thought his mind was strong enough to see the moon for what it is now!
Has he ever read the Nixon speech that was drafted (and ready to be delivered) if the Apollo 11 crew had perished?
Why, yes, he has.
For the full audio interview, listen in here: