Buzz Aldrin lands in Lancashire

SCAN0209I couldn’t believe it when I read in the Lancashire Telegraph that Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon on July 20 1969, had actually been in Lancashire giving a talk and signing books.

Aldrin was the first man to perform a space walk in 1966 on a Gemini 12 mission before his historic Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong when they became the first humans to stand on another world (as far as we know!)

Aldrin was a key part of the space programme developing underwater training techniques to simulate weightlessness and designing docking and rendezvous techniques. All this on computers that had less power than commonplace domestic items today.

So why was this great man in Lancashire?

He spent 4 hours at Westholme School’s Croston theatre talking to an audience of 700 people from all over the UK about his career as a US fighter pilot and his time at NASA.

There were models of Apollo 11 on stage made by the former chief waxworks artist at Madame Tussauds.

51r+YzcM1CL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_He then signed 750 copies of his new book “No dream is too high. Life lessons from the man who walked on the moon” until late in the evening. He’s 86 years old and still has the energy to do this.

He even found time to don a jester’s hat in Burnley FC colours. This man is truly a legend!

This is just one of three events arranged by his publisher the others being a similar talk in Bath and  a book-signing in London.

Photo appeared in Lancashire Telegraph but looks like a smartphone shot and uncredited.