Holy Comoonion

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were certain of their place in history as soon as they left Apollo 11’s Lunar Module to walk on the surface of the moon. Their steps provided the images to accompany Armstong’s immortal words on the giant leap mankind had taken. Less well known was the ‘first’ Aldrin accomplished before even exiting the capsule – the first sacrament of Communion taken on an astronomical body other than the Earth.

As well as being a pioneering astronaut, Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin was an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Texas. He had asked the pastor of the Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston to consecrate a communion wafer and a small, space-proof vial of communion wine.

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