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I'm reading his 2013 book Mission to Mars, and I gotta say, it's one of the most thrilling books I've ever read. (He's coming out with a young adult version of the book very soon.)

In the book, Aldrin makes the case for travel to Mars and outlines the technological and practical political things that have to happen in order to make this dream a reality. He's very persuasive, and I say this as someone who has previously been very skeptical about spending funds for more space travel.

Fun Buzz Aldrin fact: his mother's maiden name was Moon.

If you could ask Aldrin anything, what would you ask?
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I love Buzz Aldrin. Remember when he punched out the conspiracy theory idiot who called him a liar for claiming that we landed on the moon?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2272321.stm
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He spoke at one of our high school dinners. Far and away one of the most interesting people around.
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Does he dream about the Moon and space?

If he does, does he dream about the low gravity, does it make him dizzy?

Did he leave anything of his on the Moon?
Did he write in the Moon Dust?

Has he ever smelled moon dust once he was in the ship or on earth?
What did it smell like? Do they know why it smells like that?

How did the experience change him spiritually/mentally? Physically?

Does he plan to be buried with anything that is iconic or actually of the Moon?

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Some great questions, Mary.

He does address the odor of moon dust question in the above-mentioned book. He says it was very distinctive and smelled like burnt charcoal or wet ashes.

He left footprints on the moon--that for sure!
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Didn't he claim to be the first person to pee in his pants on the moon? (not a joke!). Lynn
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Lynnef-

I believe he did. But I think it was kind of a joke because you HAVE to pee in your pants when you're wearing a space suit. Fortunately, there is a tube and container in the pants.
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On Aug 25, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Lynnef-

I believe he did. But I think it was kind of a joke because you HAVE to pee in your pants when you're wearing a space suit. Fortunately, there is a tube and container in the pants.


Probably invented soon after Alan Shepard flew.
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I thought they would have figured that out when our only astronauts were Rhesus monkeys. Smile
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Reminds me of this great Moon routine by one of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan... enjoy:



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I don't know that I would ask anything -- I would just be enthralled with whatever he had to say, even if it was ordering coffee!
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Magic is like Science,
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I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Buzz Aldrin last week for radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. The segment will be broadcast in the NYC area on 9/24 sometime between 2 and 3pm, with a simulcast on the Internet.

I'll post a link here to an audio file the day after broadcast.
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I don't know that I would ask anything -- I would just be enthralled with whatever he had to say, even if it was ordering coffee!

Agree completely
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Landmark-

One of the things I miss most about living in the NYC metro area is WBAI.

I look forward to hearing your interview with Buzz Aldrin.
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You can listen to my interview of Buzz Aldrin yesterday here:

http://jackshalom.net/2015/09/25/to-infi......terview/
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Why do you say it was a hard interview?

(I suspect it was because he was so talkative that it was hard to get questions in.)
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You are correct, sir.

I only had a limited amount of time, and I was afraid he would run out the clock saying things he's said many times before, without my getting to ask him what I wanted to ask.

Also, he's 85, and while very entertaining and knowledgeable, he sometimes wandered badly and forgot what he was saying.

On top of that, the phone line had a lot of background noise, and I had to scrap stuff because it was so noisy and I wasn't able to edit it out.

And...if you want the real inside story...people forget that most of the astronauts were highly disciplined military men, not cuddly celebrities. It was much more like talking to George C. Scott playing Patton, than talking to Tom Hanks. It was pretty intimidating.
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Interesting interview - and I see what you mean about him being a talker!
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When any of that technical space mumbo-jumbo stuff confuses me, I immediately turn to YouTuber Pupinia Stewart of YouTube satire Channel 'Our Third Life'. Pupinia clears-up any questions/confusion I might have:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-lBQAoc6W0


and


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZctZRm0_chQ




Pupinia rules!


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