Forget going to the Moon: Buzz Aldrin to "officially launch hashtag" tomorrow

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Arguably the greatest space hero alive today, and the second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, is about to surpass his historic achievement. Sure, he may be one of the 12 people to have gazed down upon the Earth from that unique vantage, but soon Aldrin will be given an even bigger honour: Tomorrow he’s to officially “launch” a hashtag. Whatever that means.


Seriously though – it all sounds like it could be for a good cause. July 20th marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and to commemorate humanity’s greatest achievement, Buzz has started “#Apollo45”, a social media campaign to “remind people of the moon landing in order to get them to share their memories of this historic event or how Apollo 11 inspired them”.

Of course, as everyone knows there is one thing better than advancing human knowledge and understanding of our universe, and that is celebrities. So between the 10th and 20th of July, we can look forward to videos from the likes of Pharrell Williams, John Travolta and Stephen Colbert explaining the significance of the moon landing to them.

The full list of video contributors includes Tim Allen, Jared Leto, Sir Richard Branson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Patton Oswalt, Quincy Jones, Bryan Adams, David Copperfield, Sen. Marco Rubio, Austrian astronaut Franz Viehbock, HRH Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia and, sigh, London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The videos will be posted on the Apollo45 YouTube channel, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Google+, the latter venturing where no man has gone before.

Personally, our favourite video of Buzz is this one: Though we deplore violence here at TechDigest, and would never advocate it as a solution to any problems… You really have to admit this is the most well deserved punch in pretty much all of human history, right?

James O’Malley
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