Only four men alive today have walked on the moon. In March, three of them got together in the same room, along with five other Apollo astronauts.
All told, NASA’s Apollo program spanned 17 missions, though it’s best known for putting the first people on the moon almost exactly 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969. Humanity hasn’t set foot on the lunar surface since NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.
A few months ago, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, eight of the 17 surviving Apollo astronauts gathered together for an early celebration at The Explorers Club in New York City.
The group was: Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17).
Event photographer Felix Kunze captured the portrait of the eight men that you see above on March 16.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon (after Neil Armstrong), stole the show. Or rather, his outfit did.
Clad in a suit patterned with rocket ships, American flag socks, four gold rings, and two watches, the 89-year-old astronaut certainly stood out.
“His suit was drawing almost as much attention as the man himself,” Kunze told Business Insider.
Aldrin has a history of sporting colorful outfits. He even walked in a New York Men’s fashion show with Bill Nye in 2017 wearing silver sneakers, a metallic jacket to match, and a shirt that said: “Get your ass to Mars.”
He continues to advocate for sending future missions to the moon and Mars.
“I can’t think of a more appropriate time than five decades from the time that the first Eagle [lunar module] landed on the moon to discuss that the US might lead internationals… to put another eagle on the moon,” Aldrin previously told Business Insider.
Source: Business Insider