Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, has said in an amusing revelation that he was the first person to pee on the Moon.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing this month, the US astronaut reflects back on his moonwalk, his embrace of Twitter, his hopes for the future, and the hallowed lunar leak, accomplished on the lander’s ladder, into a special bag in his space suit.
“Everyone has their firsts on the moon, and that one hasn’t been disputed by anybody,” he said in the 2007 documentary ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’.
It’s also undisputed that Aldrin was the second man to moonwalk-about 15 minutes after Neil Armstrong-though he’s still a bit embarrassed about his fumbling attempt to reboard the Eagle lander.
“I jumped what I thought was going to be enough to get up to the bottom rung of the ladder, and I didn’t jump hard enough the first time, so I had to go back and do it again,” Aldrin told National Geographic News.
Asked about his initial impressions of the moon, Aldrin rhapsodized over the “magnificent desolation” of the lunar surface and the “velvet luminosity” of the sky.
Despite his self-professed stoicism, Aldrin is indulging in the lighter side of his moon milestone-and embracing new technologies-to reach out to younger generations.
The astronaut said that he pulled himself up from a post-Apollo period of alcoholism and depression and decided he could share his experiences for a greater good.
To Aldrin, making a difference includes getting his message out any way he can-gamely sitting down with fictional talk show host Ali G, rapping alongside Snoop Dogg, and working with science teachers through his nonprofit educational ShareSpace Foundation.
He’s even been adapting to post-space age modes of communication.
“People communicate in Twittering ways,” he said, referring to the micro-blogging Web site Twitter. “I’ve learned how to do that,” he added.
More than 111,000 people follow Aldrin’s tweets, which most recently have been about the ongoing tour for his new memoir, ‘Magnificent Desolation’. (ANI)