Buzz Aldrin Punches Moon-landing Conspiracy Theorist

October 16, 2002

Bart Sibrel, a conspiracy theorist who believes that NASA faked the moon landing, confronted retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin on September 9, 2002.

“You’re a coward,” he exclaimed, “and a liar, …”

At that point, Aldrin (age 72) landed a spirited punch to Sibrel’s jaw.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to file charges.

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