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Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Mourns Robin Williams

Robin Williams making mission control laugh
Actor Robin Williams sent a wakeup call to the astronauts of the space shuttle Discovery in 1988. (Image credit: <a href="http://www.collectspace.com/obituary_robinwilliams">collectSPACE.com</a>)

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid his respects to comedian Robin Williams today with a post on Facebook. The Oscar-winning actor was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in California on Monday (Aug. 11). He was 63 years old.

"I regarded Robin Williams as a friend and fellow sufferer," Aldrin wrote on Facebook Tuesday (Aug. 12). "His passing is a great loss. The torment of depression and the complications of addiction that accompany it affect millions, including myself and family members before me - my grandfather committed suicide before I was born and my mother the year before I went to the moon - along with hundreds of veterans who come to a similar fate each year. As individuals and as a nation we need to be compassionate and supportive of all who suffer and give them the resources to face life."

Williams made his own contribution to the United States space program by providing the wakeup call for astronauts onboard the space shuttle Discovery during a mission in 1988. The actor's recorded call to the shuttle made Mission Controllers on the ground break out in smiles, giggling as he yelled "G-o-o-d morning, Discovery" in reference to his 1987 role in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam."

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.