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Magnificent desolation : the long road home from the moon

Author: Buzz Aldrin; Robert M Williams; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.; Army War College (U.S.)
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2009.
Series: Perspectives in military history
Edition/Format:   eVideo : National government publication : English
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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Buzz Aldrin; Buzz Aldrin
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Buzz Aldrin; Robert M Williams; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.; Army War College (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 495718606
Notes: Lecture held September 23, 2009 in Bliss Hall, U.S. Army War College.
Title from title frames (viewed on January 4, 2010).
Performer(s): Presenter, Buzz Aldrin ; introduced by Robert M. Williams.
Description: 1 streaming video file (81 min.) : digital, WMV file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet from U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center web site. Windows Media Player required.
Series Title: Perspectives in military history
Responsibility: Buzz Aldrin.

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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words "magnificent desolation." And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control's clearance to take off with the quip, "Roger. Understand. We're number one on the runway."

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