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[i]They're living legends, America's space pioneers who first walked on the moon, and they're telling their individual stories now about their journeys into the outer limits.
Buzz Aldrin, now 78, was born to fly. His father was an aviation pioneer who introduced his son to the skies at age 2. That toddler one day would join Neil Armstrong, the first pair to walk on the moon.
Astronaut Alan Bean was so inspired by the heavens during his trip to the moon that he later resigned from NASA to pursue a lifelong passion for art - becoming the first person to paint the moon and stars from the perspective of someone who has been to another world.
These men are among the seven surviving of nine who walked on the moon, living historical figures who represent America's victory in the space race.
"There are some people who say when people look back at the 20th century five centuries from now, this is the most important thing they will remember, the beginning of humans leaving the Earth and going somewhere else," he said.
"It's sort of like 1492 when people begin to leave Europe and come to the New World. It changed the dynamics of history and this will, too."
Their rarely told tales of the men behind the Apollo missions are now the focus of "The Wonder of It All," a documentary by Sherman Oaks resident Jeffrey Roth, who interviewed seven of the nine surviving moonwalkers.[/i]
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