Who would you fly into space with: Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong? | The Tylt
Who would you fly into space with: Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong?
Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. was practically made for a lunar mission—his mother’s name even had the word “moon” in it. A New Jersey native, Buzz graduated top of his class at West Point and pursued a career as a fighter pilot. His impressive credentials led to his selection as a member of the Apollo 11 crew. He was put in charge of creating docking for the mission, and even trailblazed using underwater training methods to simulate zero gravity.
Buzz remains active in aerospace initiatives at the ripe age of 89. Ars Technica outlines the vet’s ideas concerning the future of the space program, including a more streamlined way of getting to the moon and back. Plus, he can sure throw a punch. A little self-defense can go a long way against unfriendly life forms.
Neil Armstrong garnered an interest in flight early on in life. This led to an academic career in aeronautical studies and eventually a stint flying combat missions for the U.S. Navy. Afterwards, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) prior to accepting a position at NASA. He became a sort-of Renaissance man, testing high-speed aircraft along with various other duties. How could this guy not go to the moon?
On July 20, 1969, Armstrong put his left foot first on alien territory. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his accomplishments. Afterwards, Armstrong retained a position within the University of Cincinnati as a professor for multiple years, sharing his knowledge with other brilliant minds.