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USBuzz Aldrin landed on the moon, but his long, strange trip began after Apollo 11

15:30  17 july  2019
15:30  17 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon . Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin , both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20

Buzz Aldrin (/ˈɔːldrɪn/; born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.; January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot.

Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, but his long, strange trip began after Apollo 11© Neon/CNN films

Just eight years after being called a modern day Christopher Columbus, Buzz Aldrin was selling used cars.

And he wasn’t any good at it.

For six months, the man who figured out how to get a spaceship off the moon could not figure out how to sell a single Cadillac in Beverly Hills.

“A lot of people like to think astronauts fit into one particular mold,” Aldrin said at the start of his autobiographical video. “That’s not necessarily the case.”

Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, but his long, strange trip began after Apollo 11© / AP

The astronaut mold was supposed to produce infallible supermen full of the right stuff. Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. has always displayed plenty of right stuff, wrong stuff, weird stuff and human stuff.

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When Apollo 11 ‘s Eagle lunar module landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to do something hard Part of his mission was not just to land on the moon , but to walk on it. To prepare, he took communion after the Eagle lunar module landed on the

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin 's answer to a question posed by a child was misrepresented as an admission that he didn't set foot on the moon . Once again, Aldrin ’s message was a little garbled, but the second part of his answer (not included in the viral video) offered two more instances in which

He is a decorated war hero, a rocket scientist, an alcoholic, a maverick and a dreamer. And perhaps you’ve heard he was the second man on the moon.

Aldrin’s heard it about a billion times.

“I’ll always be identified as the second man to walk the moon,” he told National Geographic.

The official story was the lunar module’s design made it easier and safer for Neil Armstrong to exit first. The undying rumor is Aldrin lobbied for the honor, but NASA worried he wouldn’t handle the First Man legacy as well as the unflappable Armstrong.

Whatever the reason, it helped paint Aldrin as “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

In that 1976 movie, a human-looking space traveler played by David Bowie came here looking for a way to transport water back to his dying planet. His alien brilliance made him a tycoon, but he developed a taste for women and gin and totally lost mission focus.

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The Apollo 11 astronaut who made the first lunar landing in 1969 has tweeted his official travel voucher and customs forms for the moon rock he brought back.

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That was never a problem for Aldrin when he was shooting down Soviet MiG-15s over Korea. He flew 66 combat missions, but he never became a test pilot.

That’s what NASA was looking for in astronauts, but it was dazzled by Aldrin’s brainpower. He got a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His chatty nerdiness could be a bit much, even around NASA.

“We tried sometimes not to sit next to Buzz at a party,” astronaut Michael Collins once joked.

He sure came in handy on the moon, however. When it was time for the Eagle to depart, Aldrin noticed a switch that activated the engine had broken off.

It could have been a fatal problem, but Aldrin stuck a felt-tipped pen into the small cavity to reengage the circuit breaker. Minutes later, the Eagle took off for home.

Aldrin retired from the military in 1972. His mother and grandfather had ended their lives by suicide. As he tried to adjust to civilian life, Aldrin felt the same dark tug of depression.

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Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Mike Collins were Forever known as the "second man on the moon ," Aldrin struggled with his place in history, enduring bouts The crew of Apollo 11 came together by chance for the first moon landing .

9, 2002, Buzz Aldrin decide he had finally had enough of Bart Sibrel's moon landing hoax conspiracies and punched Sibrel right in the face. Sibrel is infamous in astronomy circles for claiming to be a journalist, who pushes a conspiracy theory that all of the NASA moon landings were hoaxes

“I began to think it was a genetic, inherited tendency,” he said. “That brought me to consuming alcohol more and more.”

He divorced twice and was a complete bust as a car salesman. But he sought therapy and stopped drinking in 1978.

Aldrin gradually embarked on a new journey fueled by his passion for adventure. He’s written nine books, and has basically spent the past couple of decades promoting two things – space exploration and Buzz Aldrin.

There’s a lot of quirky appeal to peddle. Aldrin may have the second man on the moon, but he took the first selfie in outer space.

Other Buzz Trivia:

He was the first man to urinate on the moon. The MTV Video Music Awards statuettes are modeled after him saluting the U.S. flag on the moon.

He hitched a ride on the back of a whale shark to celebrate his 80th birthday. In 2016, he became the oldest man to reach the South Pole.

His mother’s maiden name was Marion Moon. He’s the first astronaut to admit to getting a facelift and the only one to make a music video with Snoop Dogg.

“Buzz” came as a childhood nickname from his sisters, who mispronounced “brother” as “buzzer.” Aldrin legally changed his name to Buzz in 1988.

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The Apollo 11 astronauts after their return, from left: Buzz Aldrin , Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Photograph: AP. The key thing when interviewing I also make the mistake of mentioning God - he secretly took communion moments after the module landed on the moon (“My soul didn’t belong to

Armstrong began his momentous walk more than six hours after the lunar module swept to another A crowd watches as the Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon , on giant video screens in Central Park The epic moment came after Armstrong and Aldrin flew Eagle away from Columbia, the Apollo 11

Inspired by that name, Disney legally changed the character “Lunar Larry” to “Buzz Lightyear” before launching the Toy Story franchise.

You can’t buy “To Infinity and Beyond” T-shirts on Aldrin’s website. You can buy official Buzz Aldrin baseball caps ($34.95), autographed books ($499) and autographed Saturn V rocket models ($1,299).

Aldrin has been pushing for man to colonize the moon and set foot on other planets. That explains the “Get Your Ass to Mars” T-shirts he wears.

It’s easy to see him as the crazy uncle in NASA’s attic. Aldrin readily admits he’s made mistakes over the past 89 years.

But the cinematic “Man Who Fell to Earth” ended up drunk and passed out in a café. Aldrin vows that will not be his final scene.

“I have gained so much by facing adversity,” he said. “I have a lot of frailties, a lot of shortcomings. But I am a much more productive person now than I ever was at the peak of my astronaut career.”

In the 50 years since NASA’s peak moment, he has certainly proven one thing. When they made Buzz Aldrin, they broke the mold.

dwhitley@orlandosentinel.com

This story is part of the Orlando Sentinel’s “Countdown to Apollo 11: The First Moon Landing” – 30 days of stories leading up to 50th anniversary of the historic first steps on moon on July 20, 1969. More stories, photos and videos at OrlandoSentinel.com/Apollo11.

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