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Magnificent Desolation - The Long Journey Home from the Moon

Buzz Aldrin

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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words "magnificent desolation." And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control's clearance to take off with the quip, "Roger. Understand. We're number one on the runway." The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials-and eventual triumphs-back on Earth. From the glory of being part of the mission that fulfilled President Kennedy's challenge to reach the moon before the decade was out, Aldrin returned home to an Air Force career stripped of purpose or direction, other than as a public relations tool that NASA put to relentless use in a seemingly nonstop world tour. The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged-the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly, and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him. He burned through two marriages, his Air Force career came to an inglorious end, and he found himself selling cars fo

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ken Abraham, Patrick Egan

Length:

14h 4m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:16


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:29


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:29


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:43


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:02


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:50


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:33


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:47


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:50


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:48


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:06


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:18


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:05


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:45


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:55


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:31


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:34


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

00:41