Aldrin isn’t getting a buzz out of the next moon mission

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Aldrin isn’t getting a buzz out of the next moon mission

Astronaut uses big Apollo 11 celebration to lecture bigwigs about the state of the US space industry

AFP

The suspense had been building for 24 hours: would Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, show up on Wednesday night in Huntsville, Alabama – nicknamed “Rocket City” for the nearby Nasa space flight centre?

Public appearances by the former astronaut, 89, are rare. On Tuesday, he left his former Apollo 11 crewmate, Michael Collins, in the lurch.

Aldrin declined to join him at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where the two were supposed to appear together on Nasa TV to mark the 50th anniversary of their mission (Neil Armstrong died in 2012)...

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