ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Reflects on the Apollo 11 Mission, 30 Years Later

July 20, 1999: Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is interviewed by ABC News' "Nightline" on the 30th anniversary of the moon landing.
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Transcript for ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Reflects on the Apollo 11 Mission, 30 Years Later
It was precisely at this hour or thirty years ago tonight the Buzz Aldrin became the second man in history. The stepfather of a lunar surface and he joins and served our Washington bureau as does Andrew chicken. Who's written about space exploration and astronomy for nearly twenty years including an essay in the new book full Mon. A collection of NASA lunar photos and I hope you'll forgive mayor Andrew referred spend the first couple of an historic of the Bozo missiles are great through. Especially to have you here tonight and I wonder. As you were looking at. Some of that that he. And you're just watching historic video now or does it bring it back for. Well I've seen it many many times time is a little bit different and noticed something consonants and that it's nice to see it's nice to realize I'm these anniversaries. That. We are so fortunate to have been a part of that. Wonder who lived there as you talk about fortune and you talk about look. We have been reading a great deal and hearing a great deal was last couple of weeks about that. Memorandum that bill sapphire brash did you know what I'm talking initiative the memorandum. For the widows. Your war. Neil Armstrong's four in the event that getting back to other command ship didn't work. Talk about that from I would talk about it from the vantage point of right now when you so I mean you'd had and you servicing that memo before or heard of that I. I don't think I had but I we may have had some hints that something like that did exist. But I'm not surprised that something like that comes out as we approach. Anniversary and somebody wants to do some research. I am surprised that we pay so much attention to it because. Any large organization. That has a leader. And appropriate staff. Is gonna have the staff Disco prepare that leader for whatever eventuality as they come or successful or or failures so the fact that. Someone Weathers banker anyone else. Had. Someone. A sort of brought a bass something generic someone like Mike bill sapphire to do that there. It does spreads and our his words were very appropriate that ice just that we didn't care that much about that particular issue. Well that's that's what I wanted to do after I agree review the memorandum kind of obvious that that would be written of certain historical interest right now. But I think what it brought to an awful lot of votes. You clearly knew what the risks were I'm not sure that the list of Steve. And so as you weren't as you landed on the mall. When you and the Armstrong then we're sort of cavorting around on the moon when you got back into do you aluminum Marjorie. Did you have any discussion at all about. Hope those words I know what's gonna work or or or or was it just obviously did I'm sure it would been and then joking fashion if you have a concern about whether it's good work. It's too late to think about it that shouldn't about it months before and asks. Some question of people. Did you know. If there was no way that anyone in the crew could assure themselves of everything everything's gonna work properly. We have to rely. People well qualified. Yeah. You have to have that. These people than do the best job that they can just like they hit the state that we're gonna do the best job we possibly can and that's why we. I think we're so. Spring loaded to the bee alert position. Everybody given that kind of an opportunity wants to look we will look.

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