As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission, many have honored the lives of late astronauts Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, as well as their crewmate Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a now-89-year-old who, alongside Armstrong, became one of the first men to set foot on the moon half a century ago.
But while their “giant leap for mankind” has been celebrated by most Americans, others haven’t always been so kind. In a recently resurfaced video, one particularly determined moon landing denier got a taste of the consequences of questioning Buzz Aldrin’s integrity — and it nearly ended in charges of battery for the esteemed astronaut.
Confronting a conspiracy theorist
Fox News reported that Aldrin was confronted by the conspiracy theorist while out in public in Los Angeles in September 2002.
The conspiracy theorist not only refused to believe that a moon landing had ever occurred, but he also called Aldrin a liar to his face for claiming to have walked on the moon alongside Armstrong.
Aldrin, who was 72 at that time, repeatedly attempted to walk away from the man and requested that others intervene, but the conspiracy theorist continued to hound the space legend with a camera following closely behind.
“You’re a coward, and a liar, and a–“
At one point, the conspiracy theorist appeared to have Aldrin cornered in the entrance to a building and, mere inches from Aldrin’s face, said: “You’re the one who said you walked on the moon when you didn’t.”
Aldrin pleaded once more for someone to “get him away from me,” but before anybody else could intervene, the man said something that provoked a response — albeit, not the response he’d hoped to get.
“You’re a coward, and a liar, and a–,” the conspiracy theorist said before being clocked in the face with a solid right hook from Aldrin.
Take a look for yourself:
Now that it’s officially the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, here’s a lovely video of Buzz Aldrin punching a conspiracy theorist in the face. pic.twitter.com/xz1Nb0e9m7
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) July 20, 2019
The conspiracy theorist actually went on to attempt to press charges of battery against Aldrin. However, the L.A. District Attorney at that time quickly dropped the charges once it was made obvious that the conspiracy theorist had instigated the encounter, that Aldrin had made attempts to remove himself from the situation, and that it was highly unlikely that a jury would vote to convict a national hero of the famed Apollo 11 mission.
During a recent interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, the Presidential Medal of Freedom-winner was asked about that incident and other conspiracists who deny the moon landing ever occurred.
“I don’t pay any attention to them, really,” Aldrin replied. “They’re out for themselves to make a name.”