If this doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, both young and old, then you
must have mighty cold cockles.
Buzz Aldrin - moon walking astronaut can only take so much crap.
On Sun, 17 Jul 2011 13:03:42 -0500, "Bob-tx" <No Spam no contact>
After reading your post I was reading up on Buzz. I found this:
According to different NASA accounts, he had originally been proposed
as the first to step onto the Moon's surface, but due to the physical
positioning of the astronauts inside the compact Lunar Landing Module,
it was easier for the commander, Neil Armstrong, to be the first to
exit the spacecraft. There was also a desire on NASA's part for the
first person to step onto the Moon's surface be a civilian, which
Then I found this:
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced the Teacher in Space
Project, and McAuliffe learned about NASA's efforts to find the first
civilian, an educator, to fly into space.
If Neil Armstrong was a civilian, why would NASA be looking for "the
first civilian to fly in space"?
You were misinformed. The reason Neil Armstrong was chosen is that he
was a stable, reliable,steady almost stereotypical ""American boy".
Cool, undramatic, always reliable. Each time I watch again those
extraordinary last seconds when he was just about out of fuel and had
to take over manually to avoid bad terrain and land the module safely,
I get goosebumps.
Aldin, by contrast, was an unstable, show-boating type, disliked by
his colleagues. NASA felt that he could not/should not be trusted
with the epochal task of being first to land on the moon.
Their subsequent careers have borne out this analysis. While Armstrong
quietly retired to continue teaching, and has CONSISTENTLY avoided the
spotlight, Aldrin has made a career of -- I guess the best word is
Why do some people think they have some right to harass someone, get in
their face after their target tells them to leave them alone, they're
not interested in an interview? The harasser is surprised when they get
punched in the mouth? That's why I like pepper spray. :-)
My favorite was the drunk driver that got tasered about a half a dozen times
because he kept disobeying the cop's orders to stay on the ground: "Get
on the ground!" [no response] Zzzzap! [falls down, tries to get up] "Get
on the ground!" [tries to get up] Zzzzzap! [falls down, tries to get up]
"Don't move, sir, or you're gonna get it again!" [guy moves] Zzzzzap!
[repeat a few more times]
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