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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He could walk on the moon, but aged 80, Buzz Aldrin had a more difficult time gliding across the ballroom floor on "Dancing With the Stars," as the astronaut was voted off the popular U.S. television contest Tuesday.
The second man to set foot on the moon failed to impress the judges with his waltz on Monday's performance show in a night in which each dance told a story through movement.
Aldrin and his partner Ashley Costa told of an old soldier who returns home from duty to be greeted by his daughter, but the judges said Aldrin seemed to do more walking than waltzing. The couple's score of 13 was the night's lowest.
"I did this show for the fighter pilots out there, the military people and the elder geezers like me who would just like to see an elder come back week after week" on the show, Aldrin told the audience.
Aldrin also talked about wanting to raise awareness of the U.S. space program through the show. As he did his final dance, the other cast members saluted him.
Saved to dance another night on the top-rated U.S. television dance show were celebrity Kate Gosselin and her professional partner Tony Dovolani, among seven other couples.
Emerging as frontrunners with high scores and dazzling moves were Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya, as well as singer Nicole Scherzinger and pro Derek Hough.
Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Belinda Goldsmith