Buzz Aldrin

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    NASA Sends Angry Birds to an Asteroid

    There are plenty of questions about whether or not NASA will ever send actual astronauts to an asteroid, but in the meantime, NASA has worked with Rovio Entertainment to give Angry Birds a little asteroid exposure. Yep, the duo that brought the world Angry Birds Space got together again to create B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    RIP Neil Armstrong: Songs For The First Man On The Moon

    This weekend was marred by the death of the first man on the moon, Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. The trio of Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin made up the Apollo 11 crew that set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. The space race of the '60 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82: No, the Korean War Ace & Icy Test Pilot Did Not Tell a Blow-Job Joke on the Moon

    Sad news for NASA and its Houston family, as word has come down that the first man on our moon has died today. Armstrong was 82. Breaking News and NBC News reported the news over Twitter around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon Houston time. NASA has its own obit up now, too. Armstrong was a part of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Snoopcounters: Snoop Dogg Knows A Lot Of People

    ​This week, rapper Snoop Dogg turned 40 years old. Tha Doggfather actually seems ageless to us, and we don't mean his 1996 album. Like, we fully expect him to become the hip-hop Willie Nelson: Rapping into his late 70s, relentlessly touring, smoking people a fraction of his age out in tour bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    The Holy Grail Of A Neil Armstrong Autograph: One Man's Quest

    No, he won't sign it​Which living person has the world's most sought-after autograph? Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. A Houstonian has written a book about it. Anthony Pizzatola is a vice-president of the Universal Autograph Collector's Club and he's written Neil Armstrong: The Quest F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    The Five Astronaut Autobiographies Everyone Should Read

    Riding Rockets: Raunchy, raucous and funny.​Astronaut autobiographies can be a very mixed bag. On the one hand, that should be surprising given the harrowing, thrilling life-and-death stories which are inherent; on the other hand, the authors are generally not very good writers. And even if t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day: If Twitter, Google and Social Media Were Around During the First Moon Walk

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    The Moon Landing 42 Years On: Five Odd Facts (Includes Urine, Wine and a Petty Refusal To Take Photos)

    The flag: Better than a solar-wind experiment that just looks like a flag​Wednesday marks the 42nd anniversary of man landing on the moon. One small step, and all that. It's an odd anniversary, the 42nd, so here are five odd facts about the mission. 5. Buzz Aldrin, First Man To Piss On The M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    SpaceCenter Houston's Rocket Park Fills In A Missing Piece

    Photo via CollectSpaceThe Gemini-Titan, ready for refurbishing​Last week, with little fanfare, a truck rolled up to the Johnson Space Center with a unique cargo.It was a replica of a Gemini-Titan rocket with capsule, and it means SpaceCenter's Rocket Park will fill in a missing piece of JSC histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: I Walked On Your Face!

    Buzz Aldrin is officially cooler than you are.​This is my third week blogging about NBC's Thursday comedies as a whole, and I'm really enjoying the experience of watching them as a block. Between my DVR, sites like Hulu, and a willingness to look around for other online videos whose legality I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    NASA's Biggest Job On This Shuttle Flight: Milking Publicity

    ​The latest space shuttle mission opens up a new, bold era in NASA history -- the desperate attempt to remain hip and relevant and therefore worthy of federal budget dollars.Commentators have pointed out how the agency seems to be embracing pop culture, but it seems to be getting to the point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Playing Neil Armstrong On The Screen: The "Jesus Curse," Redux

    Photo by NASAIn the old days of Hollywood, they used to talk of "the Jesus Curse" -- any actor who played JC on screen was thereafter soomed to obscurity.Does the same thing happen to actors who play Neil Armstrong? There aren't as many Apollo 11 movies as you might expect, but the evidence still is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Apollo 11's Michael Collins Interviews Himself

    Photo courtesy NASAMichael Collins, the man who orbited the moon while Neil and Buzz had all the fun, isn't doing any interviews, apparently, for the 40th anniversary. But through NASA he's put out a Q&A with himself answering what he says are the biggest FAQs he gets.Most of it is predictable, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    NASA Lets You Eavesdrop On Apollo 11's Private Conversations

    NASA is continuing its information dump for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing; now they have put on the `net digital recordings of some of the private in-capsule conversations of the Apollo 11 astronauts."You're in a spacecraft, on a mission to land on the moon for the first time in history, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    "Moon FTW IRL!" -- Apollo 11, As If They Had Twitter Then

    You know what sucked about the moon landing? They didn't Twitter it.If it's not on Twitter, we're not sure we can trust that it happened. Even if the headlines say otherwise.Now, however, the problem is solved, thanks to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.They've put together an impressive "reliv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

    Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully so, for their contributions to America's space program. And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    NASA At 50 -- Five Of Their Weirdest Astronauts

    Today is NASA’s 50th anniversary. It is also almost 40 years since the organization’s signature acheivement, but hey, Kurt Cobain peaked early too. Almost 500 people have been trained as astronauts in NASA’s lifetime. And they haven’t all been the clean-cut, strong-jawed John Glenn types. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2008

    Fly Me to the Moon

    The newest 3-D animated film chronicles the first landing on the moon – from the point of view of a fly on the wall

  • Film

    September 20, 2007

    In the Shadow of the Moon

    Reliving the glory of America's giant leap for mankind

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Turkeys of the Year

    The worst flock-ups of 2003, starting with Big Tom himself

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Coming Down

    A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Coming Down

    A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City

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    June 25, 1998
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    May 29, 1997
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    July 18, 1996
  • Culture

    January 26, 1995

    Moon Shots

    At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art