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Legendary Astronaut, Rocket Scientist and more…

Legendary Astronaut, Rocket Scientist and more…

May 12, 2013

Buzz Aldrin – Explorer, Rocket Scientist, American Astronaut and the second person to walk on the Moon will be in Southern California this month May 2013 for his book premier tour “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.”

Buzz Aldrin was the lunar module pilot  with his friend/commander Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing in history.  At the age of 82, he continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels, and two children’s books.

A 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.

He also started an educational nonprofit foundation called Sharespace.  Their mission is to share the wonders of space with children of all ages and to foster affordable space travel opportunities for all people. Sharespace also aims to facilitate space flight experiences, expand human exploration and advance space science education.

He will be at the next AIAA Annual Awards Dinner event on May 15th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, LAX. Event begins at 5:30pm and presentation starts at 8pm. To attend AIAA event, register at:

If you can’t make this event you can also catch him in San Diego for his book signing at the Air & Space Museum on May 22nd and also at the International Space Development Conference May 25th. To see his full schedule for 2013 visit


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  2. The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession. AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.

  3. the dedication of which read, “In the hopes that this work may in some way contribute to their exploration of space, this is dedicated to the crew members of this country’s present and future manned space programs. If only I could join them in their exciting endeavors!” On completion of his doctorate, he was assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles before his selection as an astronaut. His initial application to join the astronaut corps was rejected on the basis of having never been a test pilot; that prerequisite was lifted when he re-applied and was accepted into the third astronaut class.

  4. Dr. Aldrin has penned his dramatic memoirs in a new autobiography, Magnificent Desolation, published by Harmony Books, a division of Crown Publishing, in June 2009. He continues to inspire today’s youth with his illustrated children’s books: Reaching for the Moon, a New York Times best-seller, and his latest, Look to the Stars, a 2009 release. He has also authored two space science-fact-fiction novels: The Return and Encounter with Tiber. His non-fiction works include the best-seller historical documentary, Men from Earth, and an early 1970′s autobiography, Return to Earth.

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