One Show Interview With Buzz Aldrin

Published On 31 March, 2015 | By Kevin McDougall | Andy Kershaw, Journalism, Television

On the afternoon of 19 March 2015, I had one of the thrills of my life – meeting and interviewing, for The One Show, Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon, on July 21st 1969. And – after all the warnings I’d been given that he could be difficult, or prickly – he was just delightful. And we got on famously. Buzz is still twinkling with enthusiasm.

I’ve been obsessed with manned space flight since the age of five or six, and Buzz, his NASA colleagues and the Soviet Cosmonauts, were my heroes and role models in childhood. And beyond. Their courage, and what they – and the scientists – achieved, in such a ridiculously short space of time (1961-1969) taught me a lot as a kid. The main lesson was that even the seemingly impossible could be attained. It required only sufficient dedication, determination and application.

Now 85, Buzz was a central figure in humankind’s greatest adventure and, arguably, humankind’s greatest achievement.

It was an honour to talk to the great man. I hope you enjoy the interview. I just wish it could have been an hour long.

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