On occasion of the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Rabbi Zvi Konikov, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Space & Treasure Coasts, met up with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who followed Neil Armstrong out of the lunar module to become the second man to step foot on the moon.

Konikov, who first met the explorer during a taping of the Phil Donahue show in memory of fallen astronauts Col. Ilan Ramon and the Columbia’s six other crew members, struck up a conversation with Aldrin about the Jewish custom of sanctifying the moon each month, known in Hebrew as kiddush levana.

Aldrin was in town to participate in July 16 celebrations at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., honoring the crew of Apollo 11 and the mission that made history.

While at the spaceport, he also signed copies of his new book, Magnificent Desolation. …