Aldrin and Shepard: The Two Antiheroes
|NASA photo. Alan Shepard pictured in 1970, before his Apollo 14 flight.|
Both astronauts also function as supremely flawed heroes in the book. Shepard is dogged by rumors of adultery, and enters into questionable-at-best business dealings. Aldrin’s characterization seems based directly off of his desperate state recounted in Return to Earth: this is an anxious man who drinks far too much, and sometimes is an unreliable narrator.
|"Astronaut-Scientist Joseph P. Kerwin wears a A4H prototype Apollo Space Suit, Bldg. 7, Life Systems Laboratory. MSC, HOUSTON, TX B&W" Date listed as 10/13/1965, NASA photo.|
“If all goes well he thrills those crowdsAnd stands in front againFor accoladesAnd motorcadesBig paradesFront-page charadesResident hero, puppet heroSome hero!”-Al Worden, “The Hero” (from Hello Earth: Greetings from Endeavour, published 1974)