Archive for August, 2009

BUZZ ALDRIN DAY in Los Angeles

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

On July 20, 1969, two men became the first humans to step onto the surface of another world. One of those men was Dr. Buzz Aldrin, who has spent the last 40 years keeping alive the excitement of that historic experience and advocating for space exploration in the future. The Observatory was pleased to host Dr. Aldrin on August 27, 2009, as part of ?uzz Aldrin Day in Los Angeles? after which Dr. Aldrin briefly addressed Observatory visitors and then signed copies of his most recent autobiography, Magnificent Desolation, which has been on best-seller lists for nearly two months. This event was free and open to the public; several hundred people attended.

At 6:00 p.m., under hot and smoky skies, Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director of Griffith Observatory, welcomed the public and introduced The Honorable Tom LaBonge, 4th District Councilmember. On behalf of the city, Councilmember La Bonge declared it to be “Buzz Aldrin Day in Los Angeles” and read a proclamation to that effect. He then introduced Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut, who recounted some of his experiences in preparing to go to the Moon, standing on the lunar surface, and then dealing with the ups and downs upon his return to Earth.

At 6:35 p.m., Dr. Aldrin began signing copies of Magnificent Desolation for a very long line of people waiting for the opportunity. At the same time, multiple telescopes were set up along the sidewalks by Observatory staff and volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) for free public viewing of the first quarter Moon looming high above the Observatory’s copper domes.

Hundreds Greet Buzz at Torrance Book Signing

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

He landed on the moon with clocklike precision, but visiting the South Bay, not so much.

Buzz Aldrin – the second man to walk on the moon – was about 10 minutes late for his talk and book signing at Borders Books in Torrance. But his arrival was met with a standing ovation by the several hundred people who gathered to see him.

In a wide-ranging talk that touched on the Cold War, space exploration, luck, fate and even the souring economy, the 79-year-old Aldrin spent as much time discussing his plans for the future as his historic r sum .

“I don’t live in the past,” he said. “But there appears to be an increased appreciation for what we accomplished.”

Splashdown 2009 report – Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at the USS Hornet

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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The Buzz on space

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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A Bolder Mission

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Popular Mechanics – Buzz Aldrin a Bolder Mission