Archive for February, 2011

Buzz Aldrin on Last Launch of Discovery

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Buzz calls into Fox Business’ Varney & Co. and speaks about everything from NASA’s budget, US leadership, expansion of human presence in the Solar System and Mars, going back to the Moon, and making use of robotics on the Moon.

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Space buffs can blast off with these NASA iPhone and iPad apps

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

With NASA’s long-running space shuttle program winding down in the coming months, interest has peaked in attending one of the last few remaining launches at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

Shuttle Discovery’s final mission (STS-133, its 39th) is scheduled to roar off the launch pad on February 24. With a trio of KSC on-site viewing tickets and an ultra-rare parking pass in tow, my family and I will be there to see the historic launch.

These tickets have been burning a hole in our pockets since Discovery’s first launch attempt was scrubbed back in November. But that week of waiting, keeping close tabs on the shuttle and its astronauts, was made easier, and much more fun and informative, with the help of a few iPad/iPhone and Android apps for our mobile devices.

Click here to see a solid set of iOS (iPad/iPhone) titles are a must-have for all serious space buffs, no matter where you’ll be watching these final launches from!

Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science and Space Exploration
Old school NASA fans (think Mercury and Apollo) will be instantly “wowed” by this app. It’s all about looking back to the golden years of the space agency, through the eyes, ears, and voice of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. There’s video, photos, personal stories, and full details of every major NASA initiative and program from the early days through 2011 and Obama’s robotic plans for our future in space. Also linked is NASA TV, JPL, and many other important news sources. Don’t miss the collection of must-check Twitter feeds from many space-centric sources. “It is… young people who are the generation that will take mankind’s next steps in exploring the frontiers of space,” said Aldrin in a recent interview. “This app is an amazing tool to both educate and entertain.”

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Lands at the Omega Store in New York City

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

When you go on a trip, it’s only customary to buy a souvenir to remind you of your voyage. For Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, one of his souvenirs from his lunar excursion is an Omega Speedmaster watch. The timepiece, which is the only watch chosen and certified by N.A.S.A. for all manned space missions (even today), was given to Aldrin around the time he was selected to be on the backup crew for Gemini 9. “I got my badge of honor, and that was to wear an Omega watch as we went through training,” Aldrin said yesterday at the Omega store on Fifth Avenue, in New York City, where he was, er, launching the brand’s new, limited-edition Speedmaster Apollo 11 Moonwatch. Aldrin’s Speedmaster eventually accompanied him to the moon, making it the first and only timepiece worn on the lunar surface.

Was it important for Aldrin to know what time it was when he made that small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind?

“Whether you are walking on the moon or fixing the Hubble Telescope, I think it’s worth asking the question: For a space-walking person, what’s the value of knowing what time it is in Houston, Texas? Probably not imperative,” Aldrin said.

In fact, the astronauts didn’t use Greenwich Mean Time to keep on schedule, but rather relied on Ground Elapsed Time, which starts from lift-off. But Aldrin still sees the value in his watch.

“It’s nice to have a personal piece of property that you become attached to and take it along with you,” he said. “There comes a day when you are going to leave N.A.S.A., and now you have something that was with you when you were on the surface on the moon.”

Buzz at Atlantis STS-135 Shuttle Launch

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Buzz will attend the Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

Buzz VIP guest at Johns Hopkins 4th Annual Golf Tournament Gala

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Buzz will be a VIP guest at the Johns Hopkins 4th Annual Golf Tournament Gala on Monday, June 13, 2011.