“If you don’t make the landing, you can’t go outside, you have to do it again, but that’s not the way the press and the media see it.
“The most important thing is opening the hatch, and that was easy, but there was some controversy because it was the first time that two people were going to go out.”
Aldrin then spoke of the pressures that the Apollo 11 crew felt during the mission and how it was decided Armstrong would be the first man on the Moon.
He continued: “Previously, on all other spacewalks, the commander was so occupied training for the very complex things he had to do and make decisions, so generally the experiments were given to the pilot, NASA doesn’t like that word co-pilot, but the pilot always did the spacewalking.
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