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Aldrin responds to plan to retrieve his poo


Posted on Thursday, 4 April, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

The Apollo astronauts left more than just a flag on the Moon. Image Credit: NASA
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has responded to the suggestion that his feces should be retrieved from the Moon.
When Aldrin and fellow Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong lifted off from the Moon back in 1969, bags of their excrement were among the many things that they left behind on the lunar surface.

Now, almost 50 years later, it has been suggested that these waste samples could represent a unique opportunity for scientists to study how the bacteria has fared in the Moon's hostile environment.

While the idea may sound ridiculous, it is actually not without merit.

"With the Apollo 11 Moon landing, we took microbial life on Earth to the most extreme environment it has ever been in," wrote journalist Brian Resnick. "Which means the human feces - along with bags of urine, food waste, vomit, and other waste in the bags, which also might contain microbial life - on the Moon represents a natural, though unintended, experiment."

With NASA planning to send humans back to the Moon within as little as five years, the idea of recovering some of the items left behind during the Apollo Program is not that far-fetched.

After hearing about the idea himself however, Buzz Aldrin seemed less than enthusiastic.

"Well, I sure feel bad for whoever finds my bag," he wrote.

Source: Independent | Comments (5)

Tags: Buzz Aldrin, Moon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 4 April, 2019, 16:56
You could probably sell it on Earth as health food and make a killing. Lunar Poop Pops. Lunar Eclairs Lavishly Lunar Ladyfingers.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Farmer77 on 4 April, 2019, 17:04
Dang im fascinated. Now I want to see the poo.....ok well I want to read the report written by the scientist who had to see the poo.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 April, 2019, 19:16
Whilst I can see the scientific merit in this there is something else to ponder. The Apollo sites, and particularly that of Apollo 11, represent (and literally contain) the first footsteps of humanity on another world. Disturbing these sites, no matter how noble the scientific goal, is disturbing one of the most important sites in the whole of human history. They should be preserved, as they are, for future generations.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem on 4 April, 2019, 20:42
So that's where the term "Floater" comes from? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by tmcom on 5 April, 2019, 5:52
I am sure that if they science the hell out of it, they can grow a potato from it.


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