Buzz Aldrin Remembers Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, died Saturday at the age of 82 following complications from heart bypass surgery. His fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, joined Happening Now to reflect on Armstrong’s life and the history the two made together.
Aldrin talked of the Apollo 11 mission, saying, “It was certainly a magnificent achievement for the three of us – Neil, Mike Collins, and I – as we had seen the culmination of our training. We understood the technical challenges that we would face, but now we’re always going to be remembered as the crew of Apollo 11 mission.”
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Of Armstrong’s passing, Aldrin said, “It’s very regrettable that he’s not going to be able to join, hopefully, Mike Collins and I at the 50th anniversary in 2019. Hopefully, by that time, we will be able to make a firm commitment to the next major step, and of course, in the meantime be gradually reorganizing the space program.”