Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 mission successfully landed on the lunar surface, marking the end of the space race with the Soviet Union. Neil Armstrong became a global celebrity overnight after becoming the first man to walk on the moon, followed shortly by Buzz Aldrin, the lunar module pilot. However, the 89-year-old Aldrin did not receive the same hero worship from his colleagues according to a new book.
James Donovan's "Shoot For The Moon" claims that Aldrin has been struggling to adapt since a young age.
] Mr. Donovan writes, "When he came in his suit and tie with his wings and Phi Beta Kappa keys to his astronaut interview, Gus Grissom said: 'We've already seen your CV, why wear it? "
" Smalltalk was a foreign language to Buzz and one that he never mastered.
"Even other astronauts were afraid to eat dinner at the table. Rendezvous because the conversation was usually one-sided Lecture on Aldrin's favorite topic, the orbital mechanics.
"He once spent hours teaching an astronaut's wife on this subject."
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It adds, "A friend said: 'Aldrin is an ap professor who is always on'.
"A newspaper referred to him with a nickname some had used at NASA – the Mechanical Man.
" A flight planner commented, "I sometimes think he could fix a computer."  "If a computer could speak, it might have sounded like Aldrin.
" After the misunderstanding with Gemini 9, Slayton had suggested that Buzz should have him translate next time. "
Aldrin gave up after the moon landing Himself NASA wanted to be silent.
He told Guideposts magazine in 1970 that he had grabbed a bottle of wine and some bread on board to celebrate Communion on the Moon.
He said, "I have poured the wine into the goblet that our church gave me.
"In the sixth gravity of the moon, the wine rolled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup.
" It was interesting to think that the very first the first liquid that was ever poured on the moon, and the first food that was eaten there, were elements of communion. "
Before he took communion, he read John 15: 5 for mission control.
Aldrin asked for the following live TV experience, but NASA decided against it for a good reason.
At that time, the Space Agency was fighting a lawsuit with activist Madalyn Murray O & # 39; Hair.
A few months earlier, Ms. O Hair had sued NASA after Apollo 8 astronauts read the book of Genesis during a broadcast on Christmas Day 1968, when they were the first humans to hear the  Moon .
Although the case of Ms. O's Hair was ultimately dismissed, he made an impression on NASA officials who feared that an openly religious representation might open the agency for another lawsuit.
Aldrin's communion was reported at the time, but he kept the ceremony low-key and out of respect for the debate on religion on the moon he stopped his actions the spaceship and not limited to the lunar surface.