London: Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon following mission commander Neil Armstrong, has busted one of the many myths attached to the Apollo 11 landing – that the pair didn’t get along.
Two months after Armstrong’s death, when the 82-year-old was asked if the two astronauts were friends, Aldrin paused for a second.
“He was an absolutely essential major contributor to the success of the mission... Yes, I think we were friends,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.
“Neil wasn’t a person that was a back-slapping easy to get along with kind of guy. He was very capable, more than capable.
"He was extraordinary in his talents, his reactions and his ability to make judgements,” he said.
He also spoke of the moment he heard Armstrong had died of a heart attack.
“I was getting ready to get on an airplane when the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation called to let me know,” Aldrin added.