Buzz Aldrin recalls his mission to the moonby Tom Crann, Minnesota Public Radio
Forty years ago today, NASA's Apollo 11 spacecraft launched, beginning Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic mission to the moon.
Four days later, the lunar module reached its destination.
Most people who are old enough to remember what happened 40 years ago Monday, will recall being glued to one of the most amazing live TV broadcasts ever.
On July 20, 1969, the mission culminated with the steps of Neil Armstrong and then Buzz Aldrin, the first earthlings on the moon. Aldrin was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission. He was in the Twin Cities recently to promote his new memoir, "Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home From the Moon."
MPR's Tom Crann had a chance to talk with the 79-year-old former astronaut. Aldrin's most vivid memory from the Apollo 11 mission isn't the time he spent bouncing on the moon's surface, but taking personal control of the lunar module, bringing the Eagle down for a safe landing.
- All Things Considered, 07/16/2009, 4:50 p.m.