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Still Over the Moon!

Fifty years ago today an event occurred  that will be remembered for centuries: the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. Today’s blog is a reposting of the blog I wrote when my sister and co-blogger Dana and our menopausebarbee mom sat down with him for a chat a few years back.

Sitting on a couch flanked by my Mom and Dani when he sat down next to me, I welcomed him by placing my hand upon his back. Chills and thrills ran up and down my spine. Touching him would be as close to the moon as I will ever get.

Ever.

He’s 83 years old. He’s a legend. He’s hilarious and on July 21, 1969, Buzz Aldrin imposed his footprint onto the moon, the second human to do so.

The moon!

Countless honors and awards have been bestowed upon him and his biography is stellar: West Point graduate; PhD from MIT; Air Force pilot who flew 66 combat missions in the Korean War; Astronaut joining NASA in 1963; author and last but certainly not least, did you know that he is also a rap star which was a result of his teaming up with Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion), Soulja Boy and Talib Kweli to record “Rocket Experience”, the proceeds of which benefitted his non-profit foundation ShareSpace? (You can Youtube it and see this AstroRapper in motion.)

As we introduced ourselves and began talking, there was absolutely no room for exploration in my mind. I only wanted to know one thing and one thing only. Before I reveal what that was, I have a question for you.

What would you want to ask a man who walked on the moon?

I looked him in the eye. Of all the millions of things I could’ve asked, I honest and truly only wanted to know what it felt like to walk on the moon. He replied that it was so long ago that he didn’t really remember and that’s why he was here supporting the Keep Memory Alive Foundation event. With that we both fell out laughing.

A fascinating man indeed.

You know, since the beginning of time we have gazed towards the heavens trying to understand the constellations, eclipses, lights and darknesses in her sphere.

I am one of those who can not get enough of the unbelievable, the seemingly unattainable and the reaching for the stars.It didn’t seem possible that this mortal man sitting next to me had actually spent 22 hours on the Moon gathering samples of lunar material and deploying scientific experiments.

The experience of meeting him was just, well. . .out of this world.