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Dr. Buzz Aldrin
When the Eagle Landed on July 20, 1969 Buzz Aldrin completed and American mission and his feat is widely remembered as the greatest achievement of the 20th century, and the most memorable event in television history. Mr. Aldrin also piloted the Gemini 12 rendezvous space flight in 1966, during which he set a new 5.5 hour record for extended spacewalking.
A living hero, and American patriot and a space pioneer, when Buzz and Neil landed the Eagle on the moon thirty years ago, the event marked not only the fulfillment of President Kennedy’s mission to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s, but also began a new era of space exploration for all humanity. He is a reminder of the adventurous spirit of our country and stands as one of the bravest explorers of all time.
Today we stand at the dawn of a new future that beckons space travel and exploration. Space hotels. Airlines-capacity shuttles for citizen explorers. Missions back to the moon and on to Mars. At the forefront of this brave new age stands Buzz Aldrin, astronaut futurist and advocate of privatization, space tourism and a new generation of reusable rockets.
Buzz Aldrin voices his concepts of space travel to tourism conferences, Congressional leaders and the corporate world. His nonprofit ShareSpace Foundation, under a grant from NASA, is developing a study on just how long-range space exploration can benefit from opening the doors to space tourism; meanwhile his think-tank Starcraft Boosters, Inc. works on the rocket designs that can get us there. Dr. Aldrin chairs both the National Space Society and the ShareSpace Foundation.
Dr. Aldrin recently fulfilled his term of service as President George W. Bush’s appointee on the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. Amongst a team of aviation industry leaders, Buzz contributed this expertise as an astronaut, rocket-scientist and space futurist to recommend in the commission’s published report key strategies for reinvigorating America’s space program.
In his speeches, Dr. Aldrin encourages audiences to “reach for the stars,” in life and their endeavors and shares his memories of his momentous walk on the moon, the travels he’s taken since and his vision for the future. He draws upon his experience and insights with stories of his space walks and moon walks, and takes us on a journey into the future with his vision of a space-faring world where “citizen explorers” take space tours beyond lower-earth orbit and the Aldrin “Mars Cycler” space ship makes frequent stops for astronaut explorers on Mars.
Dr. Aldrin’s novel, a space adventure entitled The Return, fascinates readers with its story of four indomitable childhood friends who present the only hope to overcome a space-age crisis in a world where space tourism has come to fruition , Dr. Aldrin’s past books include his first space novel and bestseller, Encounter with Tiber. In the words of Dr. Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), “I’m quite stunned - - I think Encounter with Tiber is a classic.” Dr. Aldrin plans to write another autobiography in 2003, a follow up to Return to Earth.