CNET: I Lived like a Moon Astronaut and Have the Scars to Prove it

Jul 20, 2019

Walking on the moon is hard work. My spacesuit is getting hot, the helmet is weighing me down and I’m carrying a heavy backpack that’s piping air to help me breathe. I’m so constricted by all this gear that if I want to look around, I need to turn my entire body.

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I slide on the jagged lava rock a few times, but I’m slowly acclimating to this uneven, barren landscape with each step.

Then, just as I think I have my footing, the rock, or aa, starts to crumble.

“The joke is it’s called aa because of the noise you make when you walk on it — ah-ah!”

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