As the Eagle descended toward the Sea of Tranquility, Buzz Aldrin saw something he’d never seen before: the shadow of the lunar module cast in front of them on the moon’s cratered surface.
“That was new, not something we saw in the simulator,” he recalled on the eve of today’s 50th anniversary of the historic Saturn V launch that carried him, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on a 238,000-mile journey to the moon.
“I saw dust creating a haze, not particles, but a haze that went out, dust the engine was picking up. The light turns on, I said ‘contact light,’ ‘engine stop,'” Aldrin said in a question-and-answer email sent to FLORIDA TODAY late Monday.
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