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Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin’s son ‘only worried about my dad screwing up’ – The Times

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Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin’s son ‘only worried about my dad screwing up’ – The Times

Children of astronauts on the Apollo landings reveal that they were treated as just another mission

Buzz Aldrin, left, Michael Collins, top, and Neil Armstrong with their families in March 1969. A young Andy Aldrin is in the centre of the front rowRALPH MORSE/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION

There was one thing going through Andy Aldrin’s mind as his father descended the ladder of the lunar landing module to take his first steps on the moon.

Watching on television at the family home in Houston, Texas, the boy was nervous — not for his father so much as his own credibility.

“Mostly, I was worried about him falling over in front of all my classmates,” he told The Times before this weekend’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Buzz Aldrin is touring the US for the 50th anniversary of the moon landingsAP

“You have to remember I’m an 11-year-old kid and that’s my dad on TV in front of 300 million, 500 million, people — and more importantly, my classmates. So I was scared to death my dad was going to do something to embarrass me.

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