The second man is the Lord from heaven" - 1 Corinthians - The Oneness Of God In Christ
Major Tom eventually made it back to Earth, and has quite a tale to tell. The key thing when interviewing Aldrin is not to get too technical.
He is a man who would happily fill the entire hour with a discussion of docking manoeuvres. He is nothing if not systematic, which is great for the meticulous planning of moon landings, less good for quick life surveys. But get him off technicalities and AA-style moral lessons, and he is far more articulate and engaging than most interviewers would have you believe.
He has always had problems putting into words the grandeur of that moment 40 years ago. Well, what it felt like is something that we trained for. We were trying to treat it as calmly as we could and perform to the best of our ability.
We tried to repress feelings of exuberance, of disappointment, and be proud and responsible people accomplishing the task that was given to us. That sounds kind of boring. Except that what we did was kind of earth-shaking. I ask him whether he was disappointed to be the second person to set foot on the moon. He tries to have it both ways.
I press a little, and you can sense the 40 years of frustration at being labelled second. That is a degrading title right off the bat, instead of being a member of the first landing mission to reach the moon. What comes across most strongly in his description of the mission in the book is its black comedy - and the way that he, Armstrong and Michael Collins, who was orbiting the moon in the command module, really were flying on a wing and a prayer.
Aldrin worries that he will close the hatch to the landing craft, locking out him and Armstrong and condemning them to a slow, oxygen-starved death; he frets when he finds it difficult to plant the American flag in the dusty lunar soil and imagines half a billion viewers laughing at his public humiliation; and he has to use a felt-tip pen as a circuit breaker when a switch breaks in the module. That was the appeal of the Apollo missions: these crop-haired thirty-somethings dicing with death going somewhere no one else had been.
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The second man is the Lord from heaven” – 1 Corinthians 15:45-50
Balloons give a feeling of no-gravity. And we see the moon-landing projected on the drums, a nice touch indeed. The band members wear costumes suggesting space suits: some reflective material here, a jumpsuit there designs by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene. But since there is nothing to wait for, even the gorgeous music and the short minute length drag.