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Robert Pearlman
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Buzz Aldrin asks 'Where were you?' when Apollo 11 landed on the moon

Where were you when the first astronauts landed on the moon 45 years ago this month and how did that achievement inspire you?

Buzz Aldrin wants to know.

The Apollo 11 astronaut, who with Neil Armstrong became the first men to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, has launched a social media campaign to remind people of the lunar landing and encourage them to share their memories of the historic event or how Apollo 11 inspired them.

"The whole word celebrated our landing but we missed the whole thing, because we were out of town," Aldrin remarks in a video introducing the campaign. "So now, I invite you to share with me, and the world, your story or your family's story of where you were on July 20, 1969. Or feel free to tell me how the Apollo missions inspired you."

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As part of the campaign, Buzz took part in his first Reddit AMA today and gave some pretty great replies, like this one:
Is there any experience on Earth that even compares slightly to having been on the Moon?

My first words of my impression of being on the surface of the Moon that just came to my mind was "Magnificent desolation." The magnificence of human beings, humanity, Planet Earth, maturing the technologies, imagination and courage to expand our capabilities beyond the next ocean, to dream about being on the Moon, and then taking advantage of increases in technology and carrying out that dream - achieving that is magnificent testimony to humanity. But it is also desolate - there is no place on earth as desolate as what I was viewing in those first moments on the Lunar Surface.

Because I realized what I was looking at, towards the horizon and in every direction, had not changed in hundreds, thousands of years. Beyond me I could see the moon curving away - no atmosphere, black sky. Cold. Colder than anyone could experience on Earth when the sun is up- but when the sun is up for 14 days, it gets very, very hot. No sign of life whatsoever.

That is desolate. More desolate than any place on Earth.

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Buzz is still one great ambassador for the Apollo program and all that it accomplished (not to mention for ongoing space ventures in general).

That's a great video, and hats off to him for so enthusiastically continuing to spread the word.

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The sad part is that there are an ever-increasing number of people who can't recall ANY of the Apollo missions.

Personally, I was about a week from liftoff in life when Apollo 12 came home, so I missed the first landing.

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Originally posted by p51:
The sad part is that there are an ever-increasing number of people who can't recall ANY of the Apollo missions.
I think that's the major point of Buzz's current campaign — to remind those who might be too young that we did go to the moon and "can still do impossible things."

According to the CIA's World Factbook, the median age (half the people are younger than this age and half are older) in the United States is currently estimated to be 37.6 years. The last time men were on the moon was almost 42 years ago...

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An interesting campaign. It will give a personal connection for some to the space program. My dad was home from college and watched it at home with his parents, in the same room where I am typing this now. My mom's brother was in Vietnam. I was born ten years after the fact, and would love to see us return to the Moon and go to Mars.

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The campaign has now begun releasing a number of videos of celebrities sharing their moon landing stories:

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Buzz Aldrin will take part in a Google+ Hangout today (July 14) from 11 a.m. to noon CDT (1600 to 1700 GMT) for Space.com:
Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin will visit Space.com today (July 14) to discuss his role in NASA's historic Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, and you can follow along live — and even participate in the conversation if you wish.

If you have a question for Buzz, who will be talking to Space.com managing editor Tariq Malik and executive producer Dave Brody, you can submit it during the event via a chat window on the Google+ page. You can also send questions to Space.com beforehand via Twitter, Facebook and the comments section underneath this story.

Meanwhile, the #Apollo45 campaign continues with new celebrity videos:

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