Extended Interview: Buzz Aldrin

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This is an extended audio interview from “The Lunar Legacy, with Buzz Aldrin” on StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
47 years ago, mankind landed on the moon. Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the legacy of that historic mission with the second man to walk on the Moon, Apollo 11 pilot Buzz Aldrin. You’ll hear how Buzz Aldrin went from shooting down MiG-15s in Korea, to getting a doctorate at MIT, to setting the record for the longest spacewalk at the time during Gemini 12. Discover why Buzz is proud of being “the first guy to pee in his pants on the moon,” the history of “hydraulic engineering” in spacesuits from early UCDs (Urine Collection Devices) to later MAGs (Maximum Absorption Garments), and what those “fireflies” were that Mercury astronauts saw outside their windows.

Please note that this is the raw interview, with minor edits made to the original interview by our producer to address recording issues, not content. Enjoy!

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