Buzz Aldrin reveals what it's like to go to the moon

Buzz Aldrin recently spoke on the "magnificent desolation" of the moon for the 25th anniversary of the mission.
By Tyler MacDonald | Oct 05, 2018
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently recalled what it was like to go to the moon a quarter-century after the moon landing. He began by revealing the words that entered his mind when he first got a close look at the lunar surface.

"Magnificent desolation," he said to CBC's Midday on the 25th anniversary of the historic mission, which saw humans step foot on the moon for the first time in history.

Aldrin claims that the phrase expressed the contrast between "the magnificence of our achievement and our accomplishment... and the utter desolation of the surface that we were on."

Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, but Aldrin walked on its surface during the same mission. Both men spent two hours walking along its surface and approximately 20 hours on the moon in total. Their colleague Michael Collins remained in orbit in the command module.

The late Neil Armstrong revealed in a 1970 interview that he believed humans will eventually make bases on the moon.

"Oh, I am quite certain that we will have such bases in our lifetime, somewhat like the Antarctic stations and similar scientific outposts - continually manned," he said. "Although, certainly there is the problem of the environment, the vacuum, the high and low temperatures of day and night.

"Still, in all, in many ways, it's more hospitable than Antarctica might be."

"There are no storms, no snow, no high winds, no unpredictable weather phenomena that we're yet aware of, and the gravity is a very pleasant kind of place to work in - better than here on earth. I think it would be quite a pleasant place to do scientific work, and quite practical."


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