After SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Monday that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa would be the first tourist in history to visit the moon, NASA revealed that the first lunar tourist was actually some guy who passed out in the back seat of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
“He looked like he had a rough night, so we didn’t want to wake him up,” recalled astronaut Buzz Aldrin. “He ended up sleeping through the whole mission. That was like 8 days. I guess he really needed some rest.”
Although Aldrin thought the world’s first space tourist slept the whole trip, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins recalled a different story.
“While Buzz and Neil were down on the moon, he actually woke up asking if I had any Advil and Gatorade,” said Collins, who remained in orbit. “Sounds like he really tied one on the night before.”
NASA sought to give the man credit for being humanity’s first tourist to the moon, but he caught a cab home immediately after the module returned to Earth, and nobody remembered his name.
“It might have been Kevin, or maybe Chris,” said a pensive Aldrin. “I thought I saw him hanging out at an Apollo 12 party one time, but I wasn’t sure if it was him, so I didn’t say anything.”