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Astronaut Aldrin makes cameo

Buzz Aldrin couldn’t quite find the right words to describe Touchstone’s “Mission to Mars.”

The former astronaut (he moon-walked in 1969) was at the pic’s El Capitan preem Monday and then commanded an after-party table in the adjacent Masonic Hall.

Aldrin began by describing the film as “jam-packed full of space …” and then paused for a minute before saying: “jam-packed full of space activities.”

Not exactly the pull-quote the marketing department will be highlighting in print ads, but still relatively positive.

The former astronaut’s (and current novelist: his “The Return” debuts in May) overall reaction to the film was: “lacks a little reality at times.”

“I’m afraid there’s a few things in this movie that couldn’t quite happen,” Aldrin said. “Having people in space take their helmets off is wonderful drama, but …”

At this point Aldrin made no attempt to finish the sentence. He merely rolled his eyes. Clearly this is an astronaut who keeps his helmet firmly tightened while in outer space.

However, he did think “Mission” would be a big hit with UFO buffs and believers in alien life.

Among those believers at the preem were studio execs Peter Schneider, Dick Cook, Geoff Ammer and Oren Aviv; producers Tom Jacobson and Sam Mercer; stars Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, Kim Delaney and Connie Nielsen; former Disney topper Joe Roth, Wesley Snipes, Tim Allen, Steve Stabler and Doug MacLaren.

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