In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. The trio was launched to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32 a.m. EDT, July 16, 1969. They departed the moon July 21, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA, Neil Armstrong, File)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Buzz Aldrin says he was “out of town” on July 20, 1969, and missed the world’s Apollo 11 celebration.
Forty-five years later, Aldrin wants to know where everyone was that Sunday when he and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. He’s set up a YouTube channel inviting celebrities and ordinary people to share their memories of that day.
Among those reminiscing via social media: actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, and London’s mayor, Boris Johnson.
It’s the first big anniversary of man’s first moon landing without Armstrong. He died in 2012 at age 82.
Aldrin and Michael Collins, the command module pilot, will take part in a NASA ceremony at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday. Armstrong’s name will be added to the historic Operations and Checkout Building.