BEYOND A YEAR IN SPACE

Before astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space, Buzz Aldrin made history by walking on the moon. He’s here, so get ready for lift off!

Aired on November 8, 2017.

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> ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MAN KIND.

1969 APOLLO 11 BECAME THE FIRST SPACE FLIGHT TO LAND HUMANS ON THE MOON.

ASTRONAUTS NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN MADE HISTORY.

ALMOST 47 YEARS LATER AT THE AGE OF 86 BUZZ ALDRIN CONTINUES TO EXPLORE, INSPIRE AND ADVOCATE FOR SPACE TRAVEL.

IN HIS NEW BOOK 'NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH' ALDRIN REFLECTS ON THE JOURNEY THAT LED TO HIS ROLE IN THE HISTORIC MOON LANDING AND SHARES THE LESSONS HE LEARNED GETTING THERE.

JOINING ME NOW HERE ON THE DECK OF THE INTREPID MUSEUM IS BUZZ ALDRIN.

IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

BRINGS BACK MEMORIES.

NOT A NAVY GUY.

DEFINITELY NOT A NAVY GUY.

THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING BOOK IN THAT IT'S BOTH AUTO BIGRAPHICAL AND INSPIRATIONAL.

YOU TELL A LOT OF FASCINATING STORIES ABOUT YOUR LIFE, SOME THAT SURPRISE ME.

IN THE PROCESS YOU SHARE LESSONS THAT COULD HELP ALL OF US MAKE THE BEST OUT OF OUR LIVES.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE THE BOOK AND WHY IN THIS WAY?

MAYBE IT'S THE SAME REASON THAT I PLAYED WITH JOHN TRUVOLTA IN THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SORT OF THINGS.

IT SORT OF KEEPS ME IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC AS A VERSATILE PERSON, NOT JUST THE BOOK WORM OR DOCTOR RONDE VOUS.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU AND NEIL ARMSTRONG.

YOU GUYS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT BUT THE WAY YOU WRITE ABOUT HIM IN THE BOOK IS AS A BROTHER WOULD WRITE ABOUT ANOTHER BROTHER.

I FIRST MET HIM I WAS VISITING ED WHITE BECAUSE ED HAD A HOUSE NEXT TO NEIL.

AND I GO OVER TO SEE ED AND HERE IS THIS GUY ROLLER SKATING AROUND.

WHO IS THAT?

THAT'S NEIL ARMSTRONG.

WELL, HE WAS UNUSUAL, NOT THAT EASY TO GET TO KNOW ACCORDING TO OTHER TEST PILOTS THAT I TALKED TO, BUT WHEN WE WERE PUT TOGETHER AS THE BACKUP CREW FOR APOLLO 8 WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER.

APOLLO 8 WAS GIVEN THE MISSION WITH FRANK BOHRMAN, JIM LOWELL WHO WAS WITH US FOR A WHILE WITH NEIL AND I.

BUT NEIL AND I WORKED QUITE CLOSE TOGETHER.

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE AND YOU YOURSELF TALK ABOUT IT IN THE BOOK ABOUT WHO WAS THE FIRST TO STEP ON THE MOON AND WHO WAS THE SECOND ONE.

FOR A PERIOD OF TIME YOU DIDN'T LIKE BEING REFERRED TO AS THE SECOND GUY ON THE MOON.

ALWAYS THE JUNIOR PERSON HAD BEEN THE ONE THAT WENT OUTSIDE AS I WAS ON GEM NI12.

THERE WERE THE PEOPLE THAT THOUGHT THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD START WITH THE OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES THAT WERE RELATIVELY COMPLEX.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE --

YOU SAY YOU CAME TO ACCEPT THAT.

HOW DID YOU COME TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU WERE SECOND?

YOU DON'T HEAR YOURSELF WINCE EVERY TIME, BUT I HAD A VERY BRIGHT DISTANT COUSIN WHO WAS PARALYZED.

HE WOULD ADVISE GOVERNORS AND OTHERS IN CALIFORNIA.

I WOULD SHARE WITH HIM.

HE SAID YOU CAN'T CHANGE HISTORY.

JUST ACCEPT THINGS.

I THINK ACCEPTANCE INSTEAD OF OBJECTING TO THE LOUSY DEAL I GOT.

WHY ME?

YOU CAN'T CHANGE THINGS.

IT'S ALMOST 50 YEARS SINCE YOU SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU DIDN'T THINK THAT BY NOW WE WOULD BE MUCH FARTHER AHEAD.

THERE WAS A 1969 A SPACE TASK GROUP THAT LOOKED AT THE FUTURE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THIS.

AND THERE WAS A STRONG INTENSITY OF SPACE TRAVEL, A MEDIUM AND NOT SO STRONG.

EVEN THE NOT SO STRONG REACH MARS BEFORE THE YEAR 2000.

WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT --

WHY DID THE SPIRIT LEAVE US?

PUBLIC APATHY.

I GOT TO SAY THAT.

THERE WERE OTHER THINGS.

FINAL QUESTION.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE WILL BE YOUR GREATEST LEGACY?

SPACE FUTUREST OR A FUTURIST IN SPACE.

A STATESMAN FOR SPACE.

I AM A GLOBAL STATESMAN FOR SPACE.

NOT JUST THE U.S.

WE DON'T WANT TO COMPETE WITH CHINA ESPECIALLY, NOT JUST COOPERATE.

WE WANT TO BRING TOGETHER TO HELP THE NATIONS.

BUZZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

Funders

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