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Buzz Aldrin: Walt Cunningham was essential to the lunar landing.

Buzz Aldrin: Without Walt Cunningham, we would not have walked on the moon. Cunningham was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 7 mission. He was part of the Apollo 1 accident review board and helped redesign the Apollo capsule. The astronaut was a lifetime friend. He was in a special position to assess the platform for all subsequent Apollo missions. America cannot afford to lose its leadership edge in space, they said; we must return to the moon.