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Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney Talk Apollo 11 Moonshot in Omega's 'Starmen'

Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney talk space exploration, Apollo 11 moon landings and Omega space watches in the short documentary "Starmen."
Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney talk space exploration, Apollo 11 moon landings and Omega space watches in the short documentary "Starmen." (Image credit: Omega)

Houston, we have George Clooney!

On the heels of Moon Day (the July 20 anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing), watchmaker Omega has released a short documentary called "Starmen,"featuring one of the first men on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, and actor George Clooney. It's worth a watch, with or without popcorn!

In the film, Clooney gets the chance to watch the original Apollo 11 footage with his boyhood hero — sharing stories (and popcorn!) and reliving the moonwalks of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their historical lunar landing in July 1969.

"What were you doing when we first landed," Aldrin asks Clooney.

"Well, I was at home watching television with my mother and father and sister," Clooney says. "And we had this rinky-dink telescope that we bought. So, I was 8 years old and we looked through the telescope and I explained to my parents that I could see you guys walking on the moon at that point, which of course was impossible."

Clooney tells Aldrin that everything space exploration had a huge presence at his house when he was a kid. His family snacked on space food sticks and Tang and followed the missions closely.

"Everything was about the possibility of the imagination, and that anything was possible," Clooney says.

"Well, it brought the world together," Aldrin says.

To view this unique and novel special documentary film, visit:

Leonard David is author of "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet," published by National Geographic. The book is a companion to the National Geographic Channel series "Mars." A longtime writer for, David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook or Google+. This version of this story was posted on

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Leonard David
Space Insider Columnist

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He has received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.