March 10, 2010 12:24 PM by Nancy Floyd
At 80 years old, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the oldest competitors to hit the dance floor onÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars. According to the space man (who was the second person to walk on the moon), space traveling was a piece of cake compared to his grueling new challenge on theÂ ABC dance competition. Keep reading to find out more about Aldrin’s previous dance experience, what he thinks of partner, Ashley Costa, and his fearless attitude…
Many 80-year olds might shy away from learning a new skill, but not astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The second man to walk on the moon is among the eleven celebrities competing on the tenth season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars. Despite the grueling hours of rehearsals, Aldrin is up for the challenge!
Buzz Aldrin is best-known as the U.S. astronaut who was the second person to walk on the moon, but now he’ll be gaining a new fan base as a competitor onÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars. According to Aldrin, space travel is easy compared to learning the cha-cha.Â â€œWalking on the moon was a piece of cake,â€ Aldrin says. â€œThis is a challenge!â€
Aldrin is no stranger to dance. He took Arthur Murray dance instruction many years ago, and attended dances during his time at West Point. â€œWe danced wearing gloves,â€ he recalls. â€œIâ€™ve probably neglected my Lightfoot Louie on the dance floor, but I always have a lot to learn. I didnâ€™t take up skiing until I was 50.â€
On the new season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars, Buzz Aldrin is paired up with dance pro Ashley Costa. So how are the two getting along?Â ”She’s a dream,” he says. The pair is even planning a trip together! Costa will accompany Aldrin to New Zealand this week for a space conference, so the partners can keep up with their dance rehearsals.