Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Buzz Aldrin on the moon landing: "We didn't get to celebrate. Because we were out of town."

when i shoot the moon high jump the broomIn advance of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th, Buzz Aldrin did a Reddit AMA and blessed us with the knowledge that he "prefers the soft singing voice of Karen Carpenter" and is interested in composing a song called "Get Your Ass to Mars!"; that moondust on space boots has the texture of "moist talcum powder"; and that Buzz is a shortened version of "Buzzard," which his sister called him instead of "brother." "I'm seriously thinking of adding a middle name," he adds, "so it would become Buzz "Lightyear" Aldrin." When asked what he thought about when he first looked back at Earth from space:

Where are the billions and billions and billions of people, on what I'm looking at? We're the only 3 that are not back there. And we didn't get to celebrate. Because we were out of town.

The way he describes the moon is beautiful, too: "I realized what I was looking at, towards the horizon and in every direction, had not changed in hundreds, thousands of years. Beyond me I could see the moon curving away – no atmosphere, black sky. Cold. Colder than anyone could experience on Earth." [Reddit]

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Standing on the moon looking at the Earth, it should be very beautiful.


@eizverson22 Are you a spambot, or just someone overly fond of stating the obvious?


@ru_ri I'm pretty sure eizverson22 is the new apolsasam - eerily on-point spambot that is very close to achieving sentience.

Emma Carmichael

Omg you're right. I hate them but I respect them.


@stonefruit Yep, that's my suspicion as well. Since there seems to be no hope of having their comments deleted, I think I'm going to start replying to spambots with quotes from the great, out-of-print "How-to-do-it Book of Beekeeping" by Richard Taylor.


It took me until JUST NOW to figure out that his mom was not asked "So, what name shall we put on the birth certificate?" and responded "I think I shall name him Buzz."


He's amazing at answering those questions! Will have to set aside some time to read it all properly.

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