Do you know who was the first man to pee on the Moon? If you said Neil Armstrong, then probably you are wrong. Colleague of Armstrong and the second man to step on Moon, Buzz Aldrin, was also the first man in the history to have a giant leak on the natural satellite.
Apollo 11 mission took both the astronauts to the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on to the moon and Aldrin stepped just 20 minutes later becoming the second man to accomplish the feat. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth.
However, what Aldrin did first after landing on the Moon will take you by surprise. He emptied the urine bag soon after landing on the closest neighbour of Earth.
Very little space is available for the astronauts in the spacecraft to move as scientists try to make it as small as possible. Today astronauts have the privilege to ‘maximum absorbency garments’ to attend to their natural ablutions, but nearly five decades back, astronauts had to collect their excrete in bags. Till the Apollo spacecraft reached the Moon, the urine bag was full of urine and Aldrin emptied it on a priority basis.
In his autobiography ‘No Dream Is Too High’, the 86-year-old astronaut says, “Neil (Armstrong) took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind; I took one small step for man and one giant leak for mankind.”
Just before the anniversary of the Apollo mission, Aldrin said that a man needs to have a vision and then he should work hard to achieve the goal. One should look for opportunities and not for obstacles in the path. It is to be noticed that Aldrin was rejected when he first applied to become an astronaut but later he became second NASA astronaut to reach the moon and registered his name in the history.
“Sky is not the limit. The moon has foot prints and I made some of them. Do not let anyone denigrate or inhibit your lofty aspirations,” says the Aldrin in his book.