He also had a very special message for the world. Mr Aldrin took a part of the communal bread loaf from his church along with him so that he could share communion with his fellow church-goers while floating inside the lunar module. A BBC documentary-drama ‘8 Days: To the Moon and Back’ played extraordinary audio from a broadcast reporting on the space mission at the time.
The presenter said: “Buzz Aldrin and his co-pilot Neil Armstrong – they have been on the Moon for over two hours now.
“And Buzz Aldrin did take something with him today most unusual.
“He took a part of the communal bread loaf from his church along with him, so that his evening meal tonight – a Sunday – he will, in a sense, share communion with the people of his church.”
According to the BBC reconstruction, Mr Aldrin ate the bread as he sent the following message to Earth.
He said: “This is the [Lunar Module] pilot.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way. Over.”
A reporter on CBS News added that the “least we can do” would be to heed the request of the “hero conquerors of space”.
He fell silent on the TV to allow viewers to take a moment to reflect and give thanks.
The BBC documentary-drama aired last week to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing tomorrow.
The incredible Apollo 11 mission sent Mr Armstrong and Mr Aldrin to the Moon’s surface while their colleague Michael Collins remained in the Control Module orbiting the Moon.
The extraordinary feat was a culmination of decades of work by hundreds of thousands of people in science, technology and engineering.
In 1973, the total cost of the Apollo programme reported to Congress was $25billion – which is £30billion or around £323billion in today’s money.
That is approximately one eighth of the UK’s total GDP in 2017, which was £2.6trillion.
The two astronauts in the lunar module spent just over two hours walking on the lunar surface, taking photographs and collecting samples.
They then returned to the lunar module, took off and met up with Mr Collins in the Control Module.
They flew back to Earth and finished their journey by parachuting into the ocean.