By: Erin Ruberry
Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man on the moon, but he was surely the first astronaut to punch someone in the face for claiming the moon landing was a hoax.
As BBC News reported after the Sept. 9, 2002 incident:
"Mr Aldrin, famous for his participation in the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, hit Bart Sibrel after he approached the former astronaut outside a hotel in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles and demanded he swear on a Bible that the landing was not staged.
Mr Aldrin responded by punching Mr Sibrel, but said he merely struck out to defend himself and his stepdaughter, who was with him at the time."
It's easy to see why claims the moon landing was faked could get under an astronaut's skin. Lunar missions were fraught with danger, from flammable spacesuits to lightning strikes, all before even reaching space.
Tonight on "NASA's Unexplained Files" at 10/9c, a NASA astronaut sees something unusual flying high above the skies over a U.S. Air Force test range. Was it a UFO? Other American astronauts have seen some very strange things high in the skies over Earth -- like a real Death Star, for instance.
Be sure to watch "NASA's Unexplained Files" TONIGHT at 10/9c on Science Channel.