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Fresh Pick / March 4, 2011

July 2009 On Sale: June 23, 2009 Featuring: Buzz Aldrin 288 pages ISBN: 0307463451 EAN: 9780307463456 Hardcover $26.00  Add to Wish List Non-Fiction Memoir Buy at What does it really take to go into space? Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin The Long Journey Home From The Moon 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…