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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin gets his hands on a Hasselblad (again)

2015-03-25 The  BBC’s ‘Stargazing Live’ show tempted legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin with bacon squares in gelatin and date fruit cakes – just as he’d had on the Apollo 11 moon trip. But what he really wanted was to get his hands on a Hasselblad 500EL like the one he had used with Neil Armstrong on the moon’s surface in 1969.

Buzz Aldrin and Hasselblad moon camera on Stargazing Live TV show

‘I remember the camera was heavy and so we had to leave it behind’ he told a TV audience of millions. ‘We had to trade-off the weight of the Hasselblad against the moon rocks we needed to bring home with us.’

He added: “We were very careful with the film we had – and of course there was no viewfinder, so all we could do really was point and shoot. At one point Neil did manage to attach the camera to a control unit and his backpack so he could then simply push a button and take a picture.’

Aldrin teamed up with Professor Brian Cox and presenter Dara O’ Briain at Jodrell Bank to talk about the moon trip, the solar eclipse and NASA’s plans for a Mars mission.

Lunar geologist Katie Joy (pictured sitting with Buzz in the studio) said: ‘The photographs the astronauts took on the lunar surface framed the geology we have – and by photographing samples collected we can pin back exactly where they were collected – enabling us to discover much more information about the local landing site.’

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad’s product manager said: ‘It was a real thrill to be with Buzz Aldrin in the studio as he once again familiarised himself with our camera – although this time he noticed we had added a digital back’.

You can watch the ‘Stargazing Live’ show with Buzz Aldrin here (episode 1) and here (episode 2).

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