IAC 2015 Jerusalem: On a lighter note – jokes not right for Jerusalem as Buzz buzzes around too much

by | Oct 26, 2015 | Apollo, On a Lighter Note | 0 comments

The female compere of the opening ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem (IAC 2015) noted that while evidence of flowing (salty) water may have been found on Mars, she would be more likely to want to go to the planet if it had been wine that had been discovered.  That would have been a miracle indeed.

The famous former moonwalking astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, was particularly entertaining at the Congress when talking about his Apollo 11 and Gemini days…especially on how he fixed the Apollo 11 ascent engine circuit breaker with his pen. Nevertheless, he was starting to become a little too ubiquitous and a little too long-winded for some.  Apart from this talk, he presented at technical sessions including one on his speciality, Mars cycling orbits.

Buzz also put in guest appearances at various other functions. When he turned up at the Space Generation Forum one disgruntled youngster was heard to say about the great man: “Oh no…not him again!” Sigh…how they forget.

Ah well, at least Buzz did his bit by signing autographs in his Mars exploration book for children on behalf of the Heinlein space educational foundation.  These signed books were much better value at about US$25 than his usual US$700 autograph rate!

The value of his autograph might have gone even higher given the dangerous situation in Jerusalem. There was a certain black humour to be enjoyed, even in a sad situation, when your correspondent caught sight of Buzz desperately trying to get into the conference building after it was “locked down” following a nearby murderous attack.  It was almost as if Apollo 11’s commander, Neil Armstrong, had locked him out of the lunar module.

At least Buzz did not drop the clanger that ESA Director General Jan Woerner did.  In a press conference speech, he made what would have been an amusing quip about trying not to mention the “Final Solution” until one considered that he was talking in Jerusalem.

National character traits set aside, your fond-of-a-good-deal correspondent was a bit concerned that the low-cost airline’s Airbus A320 jet he was flying on to Tel Aviv, on his way to Jerusalem, might be destabilised when the captain of the airliner announced that the rear galley area was available for prayer and 50 black-hatted religious Jewish gents suddenly rushed to the back of the aeroplane.

Their prayers must have worked as the jet stayed airborne.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

FlightHyperbola: The new Hyperbola Youtube channel

Hyperbola has now got its own Youtube channel and that can be found here on Youtube. During the coming weeks Read more

Hyperbola’s Vision for Space Exploration – further considerations

Following on from the comments made about the last post concerning Hyperbola's lunar architecture I thought it a good idea Read more

40 years ago today: Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve broadcast

Today is the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 mission that saw humans travel to lunar orbit and it was Read more

UPDATED: Meanwhile back in London… Buzz Aldrin arrives for Renaissance

Hyperbola has been told that tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March) there is to be a press conference at the British Interplanetary Read more

Flight’s 25th National Space Symposium news and blog page

You can find Flightglobal.com's news and blog page (or landing page as its known in the jargon) for the 25th Read more

40 years after Apollo 11, Flight ‘s Apollo images go online

Flightglobal.com is just a couple of years old (and Hyperbola even younger!) but its namesake Flight International magazine celebrated its Read more

Flight goes Apollo 10 crazy!

Three weeks and forty years ago today the NASA capsule pictured above was orbiting the Moon, on 22 May 1969. Read more

AUDIO: Listen to Apollo F-1 and J-2 veterans talk rockets

Last week Paul Coffman and Bob Biggs, former Rocketdyne engineers and members of the development teams for the J-2 and Read more