BUZZ ALDRIN TO VISIT KANSAS COSMOSPHERE

Jun 20, 2013

In a first-ever appearance at the world-renowned space museum, Buzz Aldrin, an American astronaut and one of the first men to walk on the Moon, will visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center August 24, 2013 and will be signing his book, Mission to Mars.

In Mission to Mars, legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the Moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11 - and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings - Aldrin has a vision and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035. 

Aldrin will be appearing August 24, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm in the Hall of Space Museum's Apollo Gallery to sign copies of Mission to Mars. Visitors must purchase a copy/copies of Mission to Mars at the Cosmosphere and a Hall of Space admission is required.  Advance purchases of Mission to Mars will also require a receipt and advance orders will be available for pickup at the signing. 

"It will be a great honor to welcome Aldrin, a pioneer of space exploration, to share his vision and advocacy to push toward new boundaries," said Richard Hollowell, Cosmosphere CEO.  "At the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, our mission is to 'honor the past and inspire the future of space exploration.' We do this on a daily basis as we welcome visitors to our Hall of Space galleries, educate and entertain children on field trips and through our STEM-based Camp KAOS programs.  Aldrin's visit places a very large exclamation point on the importance of our mission."

Buzz Aldrin was born in Montclair, New Jersey, January 20, 1930. His mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain. His father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was a Colonel in the Air Force, a ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an aviation pioneer who later became the Commanding Officer of the Newark Airport in New Jersey. Buzz grew up in New Jersey and after graduating one year early from Montclair High School.  He was educated at the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15s and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100s, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.

Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin (the first astronaut to earn a doctorate degree) became known as "Dr. Rendezvous." The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He also pioneered underwater training techniques, as a substitute for zero gravity flights, to simulate spacewalking. On July 20, 1969 Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 Moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. They spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned with 46 pounds of moon rocks. An estimated 600 million people - at that time, the world's largest television audience in history - witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.

To be first in line for updates on the Mission to Mars book signing and other events including a reception and dinner with Apollo astronauts also occurring on August 24, 2013, email apollo@cosmo.org

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