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It is approaching the half century mark since man walked on the moon for the first time. Really, it is only three years from now that it will have reached the 50 year anniversary of this most memorable and proud occasion. The second man to set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, recently discussed what he would like to be his lasting legacy.
Unfortunately for him, he is often dismissed for having been the second man to walk on the moon, rather than the first.
However, he says that he should have been the first, that up to that point, the junior officer had been the first one out of the ship, and that this tradition was broken for the lunar landing.
Still, Buzz Aldrin seems satisfied with having been one of the very, very few human beings to have gone into space, let alone walked on the moon.
Also, maybe he was not the first man to walk on the moon, but he does believe that he has been the most active and tireless advocate for the American space program. He wonders where the other prominent astronauts have been since their glory days conquering space, reaching new destinations previously unknown and untouched by humanity.
Here is a link to an article in which Buzz Aldrin discusses these and other matters regarding the exploration of space, and his role in it:
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on legacy he wants to leave behind by CBS News July 16, 2016: