Buzz Aldrin: Where Were You When Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 - 10:22AM
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 - 10:22AM

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, "invites you to share with [him], and the world, your story, or your family's story of where you were on July 20th, 1969... to tell [him] how the Apollo missions inspired you."


To commemorate Apollo 11's 45th anniversary, Aldrin just launched a social media campaign that will compile the personal narratives of the many individuals and families who witnessed the legendary event of July 20th, 1969. 


The campaign, which Aldrin is calling #Apollo45, solicits video recordings from people of all ages from across the globe. That's right! You don't have to be 45+ years old to contribute to the commemoration of this huge event in our world's modern history. 


Contributors can record their reminiscences on their smartphone or tablets, and a compilation will then be posted on Youtube. In Aldrin's own words, "Kids, help your parents if they don't know how to use their smartphones. Get them to tell you their memory or just share your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+."


Various celebrities have already contributed to the project; from the still-speechless Neil DeGrasse Tyson, to the wide-eyed J.J Abrams, everybody has a different story to tell. 


[Credit: Apollo45]


Aldrin's ultimate goal in launching #Apollo45 is to pique the public's interest in space-travel, and get the ball rolling for future plans to get man on Mars. 


As a self-proclaimed "global statesman for space" who travels the country and the world reminding people "what NASA and our space program has accomplished and what is still in our future at Mars. I feel we need to remind the world the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things.


"When someone asks me what is my driving purpose in life, it's to serve my country," Aldrin told NBC. 


"These anniversaries mean a lot to me, especially with the 50th anniversary coming up with a new president. That individual, that president, has a potential of going down in history more than almost anyone who has lived on the planet Earth, by committing human beings to an international, American-led permanence on the planet Mars."


So go ahead and submit your own story to the #Apollo45 Youtube Channel to immortalize your own piece of the world's space travel memory mosaic. 


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