|Asunto:||[debunker] El Profeta Putín ataca a Buzz Aldrin|
|Fecha:|| 24 de Septiembre, 2002 08:43:16 (+0200)|
|Autor:||El Ciberescéptico <El @..............org>
Ex-astronaut escapes assault charge
Aldrin was the second man in history to walk on the moon
Californian authorities have decided against prosecuting former astronaut Buzz
Aldrin after he punched a documentary maker who claimed his moon missions were
Astronaut was called "a liar and a coward"
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
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.
Beverly Hills police investigated the incident, which occurred 9 September, but
said that the charges were dropped after witnesses came forward to say that Mr
Sibrel had aggressively poked Mr Aldrin with the Bible before he was punched.
Witnesses also told police that Mr Sibrel had lured Mr Aldrin to the hotel
under false pretences in order to interview him.
Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Ratinoff told Reuters news agency that a
videotape shot by a cameraman hired by Mr Sibrel had shown the film-maker
Mr Aldrin, calling him a "thief, liar and coward".
Mr Sibrel handed over the tape to police investigators, but as Mr Sibrel
sustained no visible injury and did not seek medical attention, and Mr Aldrin
no previous criminal record, no charges were filed.
Mr Sibrel says his new documentary proves the Apollo 11 landings were faked by
the Nasa space agency in order to fool the then-Soviet Union into thinking the
had beaten them in the space race.
The two countries had been embroiled in a desperate race to reach the moon,
with the US initially trailing after the Soviets became the first to send a man
into space and orbit the earth.
Mr Aldrin, the second man after Neil Armstrong to set foot on the moon in the
Apollo 11 mission, is one of America's most famous space pioneers.
A former US Air Force pilot who flew in the Korean war, Mr Aldrin joined Nasa
space agency in 1963.
Since his retirement from Nasa, Mr Aldrin has dedicated much of his time to
publicising space travel for civilians.
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