18 March 2010
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Aldrin Walked on the Moon
And now he’s Dancing with the Stars
by Carol Pinchefsky
Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon and member of the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 missions, will appear on the popular reality show “Dancing with the Stars,” where contestants are challenged to perform different dances each week, like paso doble and swing. The 80-year-old retired astronaut will be the show’s oldest contestant.

Although his age might put him at a disadvantage, the show’s viewers are already cheering for him. This includes unlikely sources, such as MTV.

“While MTV News has never formally endorsed a contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars’…this time there's no doubt about it: We desperately want Buzz Aldrin to walk away victorious.”

It turns out there’s a reason for MTV’s support: their Video Music Award statuette, the Moonman, is based on a photograph of Aldrin, taken by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.

When he is not practicing his samba, Aldrin is a tireless advocate for human spaceflight. On March 15, 2010, he conference-called in to the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the Hayden Planetarium and shared his thoughts on the current state of affairs.

“Dancing with the Stars,” season 10, begins on March 22, 2010. SpaceFuture wishes him the best of luck on that tricky lambada dance.
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Carol Pinchefsky 18 March 2010
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