Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, but the first man to urinate there was Buzz Aldrin, just a little ahead of Neil. The two astronauts relieved themselves into bags within their suits, then removed the bags and left them on the lunar surface. When you gotta go, you gotta go. It was time to go.
At the last minute, Aldrin left a gold olive branch. Armstrong reminded him to leave an Apollo 1 patch and two Russian cosmonaut medallions to honor their peers who died during the race for space. According to some accounts, they were in a rush by that time, and these things were kind of dumped out unceremoniously. They also left their moon boots.
So you know that whole camping thing about take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints? That's not how we roll on the moon. Today, we'll talk about moon preservation and about the colorful story of theft and black market sale of moon rocks.
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**Today's show was produced by Betsy Kaplan.**
***This show originally aired on February 9th, 2012***