Monday 26 September 2016

Buzz Aldrin on why he regrets being one of the first men to walk on the moon

Catherine Devine

Published 21/07/2016 | 18:25

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon in 1969
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon in 1969

On the anniversary of Buzz Aldrin’s moon walk in 1969, the space legend has shared his wisdom on helping others and making dreams come true.

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Being the second man to walk on the moon doesn’t faze Aldrin who told Gavan O’Reilly on The Last Word that second isn’t a “consolation prize.”

“In life nobody cares about anything other than first and that’s not the case in space achievements. You can’t argue with the customs that become adopted by different parts of society, it’s their problem but they make it my problem and I’ll make it their problem,” he laughed.

Aldrin said he “regrets” being one of the first people to walk the moon because of the celebrity status that came along with it.

“I did not relish the celebrity status that would come with being on the first landing whether it’s number one  or number two you would become a celebrity and I didn’t particularly relish that.

"Being on a later flight would have resulted in perhaps more interesting things to do on the surface but I didn’t have that choice. Once we were picked as that crew I couldn’t let down the other crew men. That would just have been totally unacceptable,” he said.

He said he was disappointed that there haven’t been more space achievements in the last few decades and called on the US to start a pioneering programme to help other nations get to mars.

“I want to do this co-operatively with all nations and I want the US to set up and help a lunar coalition of the nations that have not yet been there. We can do minimum things at the moon but the essential things help us very much in leading the other nations to be able to land, occupy and inherit mars.”

To mark the anniversary Aldrin released a new book called “No dream is too high” where he shares the 13 lessons he learned in life but his number one lesson is about dealing with failure.

“Failure is an option. If something goes wrong, it will go wrong and you better prepare for that otherwise you will not succeed.”

In recent years Aldrin said he has been exploring the world and hopes that new pioneering projects can be introduced to help more people go to outer space.

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