This is what Buzz meant by “magnificent desolation”

While Neil Armstrong was the cool commander of Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin was often times able to put his journey into more poetic perspective.  Shortly after setting foot on the moon, it was Aldrin who radioed his famous observation back to Earth of what he saw, the paradoxical description of “magnificent desolation”;  a term that the more artistic have used in depicting the moon ever since.

This link takes you to a really cool site that has taken photographs collected around the Apollo 11 landing site, and after a little spit polish, has turned them into a very clear rotatable panoramic picture of what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin saw back in 1969.

I’m not sure Aldrin’s description could have been made more profound.

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