Buzz Aldrin Explains How The Iconic ‘Moon Man’ Photo Was Taken

Neil Armstrong snapped the famous photo in an “entirely serendipitous moment.”

July 21, 2017 9:09 am
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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed walking near the lunar module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (NASA/Handout)

48 years after humankind made history by landing on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin took to Twitter to recount the story behind one of the world’s most iconic photos.

Although Aldrin did not get the “first man on the moon” credit as Neil Armstrong did, Time magazine reports that it was Armstrong who carried the crew’s 70-millimeter Hasselblad, and took all the pictures.

“He’s just standing in place, a small, fragile man on a distant world—a world that would be happy to kill him if he removed so much as a single article of his exceedingly complex clothing,” Time reflects.

“And Armstrong, looking even smaller and more spectral, is reflected in his visor. It’s a picture that in some ways did everything wrong if it was striving for heroism. As a result, it did everything right.”

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