There’s an old apocryphal story about a NASA astronaut at a cocktail party. There’s an arrogant guy droning on about how wealthy he is, dropping stories about flying his private plane, “how peaceful it is up there,” and offering to take women up in it sometime.
The astronaut mic drops the guy, “that reminds me of the time I was… walking on the moon. Looking out at the earth really puts in perspective how we’re all on the planet together and how small our divisions seem, and how much we can accomplish as I stood on ground where no one had ever stood before. Oh, I’m sorry, I interrupted. What were you saying?”
If nothing else, walking on the moon is the ultimate cocktail party mic drop but it’s understandable that some don’t believe it actually happened. After all, without atmosphere how could the flag they planted on the moon be waving in the wind? And what about “the lack of stars in any of the photos, the Van Allen radiation belts that would have killed the astronauts with lethal doses of cosmic radiation”…?
Buzz Aldrin went to the moon on Apollo 11 and as if they didn’t make him one of the coolest people on the planet already he punched a moon landing denier in the face. And there’s video so this there’s no denying.
Aldrin and an associate starting to cross the street while being followed by a film crew. A man in a dark sports coat carrying a Bible quickly steps in front of Aldrin and repeatedly asks, “Why don’t you swear on the Bible, that you walked on the moon.”
Aldrin heads back to the sidewalk and says to a hotel bellman, “Tell him to get outta here or we’ll call the police.”
The cell phone video, which appears to be from 2002, continues to follow the man as the bellman attempts to keep him from approaching Aldrin, who was by then standing a few feet away by the building’s entrance.
The heckler kept going, and called Aldrin a coward and a liar. And then this happened.
Of course Aldrin lost it last year at a Delta ticket counter, too, after missing a flight at LAX.