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Buzz Aldrin -100 years after landing on the moon-
Buzz Aldrin photo

Dr. Aldrin, who came to Japan for the 18th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, kindly accepted JAXA's request for a video interview despite his very busy schedule. Our interview was held in front of a life-size model of the lunar module (LM), a main exhibit in the "Exhibition of Human Space Activities" at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Standing in front of the LM model, Dr. Aldrin answered our first question, "How did you imagine human space activities in the early 21st century when you traveled to the moon." We asked him to answer this question with his eyes closed.

Buzz. Aldrin :
Born in New Jersey, U.S.A., on January 20, 1930. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), he also obtained a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the Korean War as a U.S. air force pilot. Dr. Aldrin was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963. He was a crewmember on Gemini XII in Nov. 1966 and performed extravehicular activities. In 1969, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Dr. Aldrin were selected to be onboard Apollo XI, and made history when they walked on the moon on July 20. After retiring from NASA, he served as a Commander at the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base before retiring from the Air Force. Dr. Aldrin is now actively engaged in future space activities including space travel for ordinary people through a private company he founded and nonprofit activities. He has authored many books including Return to Earth and Men from Earth.

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