posted 06-09-2005 09:13 AM
Dr & Mrs Buzz Aldrin are visiting the National Space Centre on Saturday 18 June to view the new Human Spaceflight : Lunar Base 2025 experience and meet the people behind it. He will tour the rest of the exhibition and address visitors as part of the full day’s activities.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed their Lunar Module on the moon's Sea of Tranquility and became the first two humans to walk on the moon.
The landing was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. Upon return Buzz was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour amongst over 50 other distinguished awards and medals from the United States and numerous other countries.
Since retiring from NASA and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure continued missions in manned space exploration.
Chas Bishop, Chief Executive at the National Space Centre, said; “Over the past four years the National Space Centre has been proud to host many astronaut visits. Dr Aldrin’s visit will be particularly special and gives us a great opportunity to show off the new Human Spaceflight gallery and our very own lunar base that opens next month”.
As part of the visit, Dr & Mrs Aldrin will talk to children taking part in a space mission in the Challenger Learning Centre. The children will be the first recipients of a bursary from the Kalpana Chawla Foundation; a new initiative to provide access bursaries and educational programmes for socially excluded school and community groups who might not otherwise benefit
Dr Aldrin will be addressing visitors at the National Space Centre in the afternoon.