Astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin recently admitted that the orange drink that accompanied him to the moon is awful.
He’s referring to Tang, the powdered orange drink that became famous here on planet earth among children who idolized astronauts and dreamed of space exploration in the 60s and 70s.
Aldrin made the admission during the taping of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice Awards” last weekend, according to TMZ. He was presenting an award to the sound barrier-breaking skydiver Felix Baumgartner.
According to the site, Aldrin implied that he was jealous of Baumgartner’s Red Bull sponsorship, lamenting that he was only ever offered Tang during his career (and even then, they didn’t offer him a sponsorship).
“Tang sucks,” Aldrin reportedly said.
Contrary to popular belief, Tang wasn’t just made for astronauts. It was already available commercially, and NASA simply chose it for the ease with which it could be transported to space.
“The actual truth is (that) General Foods was making its travel drink mix and NASA thought, ‘Oh, this is how we should be flying our beverages,'” Michele Perchonok, NASA’s manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory, said in 2006. “So we purchased the already-made and commercially available product.”
Tang has since fizzled in popularity both here on earth and among space explorers.
In fact, most of the souvenir food offered in gift shops (freeze-dried ice cream, etc.) isn’t even really consumed on the space station. Sorry to ruin your childhood.
What do you think of Buzz Aldrin’s comments on Tang? Have you ever had Tang? Do you think it sucks? Sound off!