Archive for March, 2013

MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
In Stores May 7, 2013
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2013)—In a new book from National Geographic, celebrated astronaut and bestselling author Buzz Aldrin boldly advocates continuing exploration of our solar system. In MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1017-4; on sale May 7; hardcover), by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David, Aldrin lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars by the 2030s, a vision shared by President Obama and one that is fortified by private industry and international cooperation.

In the book, which includes a foreword by Aldrin’s son Andrew, Aldrin makes the case and argues passionately for pushing our boundaries of knowledge and exploration of our solar system and presents his “unified space vision.” Aldrin discusses the history of space flight, including a reflective, not nostalgic, look at the people, technologies and steps that were taken to accomplish America’s Apollo moon landings, and plots a course of future exploration. He says “Do not put NASA astronauts on the moon. They have other places to go.” And he emphasizes that the path forward is not a competition; we cannot restart an engine to rerun a race we previously won. This is a controversial notion that causes significant division among astronauts.

In an interview, Aldrin can discuss:

  • •The blossoming of space tourism, and why public space travel by private citizens is critical as it makes space more familiar.
  • •Why a second race to the moon is a dead end and a waste of precious resources.
  • Why there is high value on the political and collaborative front by letting partners such as China and India tie into the International Space Station.
  • •Apollo was a get-there-in-a-hurry, straightforward, space-race strategy. Today, Aldrin calls for a unified international effort to explore and utilize the moon, a partnership that involves commercial enterprise and other nationwide building upon the Apollo mission.
  • •What Aldrin views as the biggest mistake he ever made relative to the future of the space program.

Aldrin is honest in his critiques of space policy, discussing the economic, political, technological and other issues of viability of various options. It is a personal book in which he discusses his family, especially his father (whose impact on Aldrin is particularly striking); his own life, including his time in the Korean War; his initial rejection by NASA (he was one of the only astronauts who did not start as a test pilot, but as an MIT engineer); his eventual journey to the moon; and his hopes and frustrations. He even calls out large aerospace contractors for a lack of transparency with NASA and admits that he made a big mistake in the 1970s by not being more vocal about his displeasure with the initial design that preceded the Space Shuttle.

MISSION TO MARS uncovers an intimate side of Aldrin, while spotlighting some of the most important issues facing our nation’s space program today.

About the Authors

Buzz Aldrin, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctoral degree in astronautics and, at the age of 83, 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.

Leonard David is a space journalist, who has reported on space activities for some 45 years. He is the 2010 winner of the prestigious National Space Club Press Award. Currently, David is’s Space Insider Columnist as well as a correspondent for Space News newspaper and a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace America magazine.

Read the Press Release at National Geographic

Talk and Book signing cohosted by Watchung Booksellers and the Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Buzz will be giving a talk and Book signing at the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 2:00pm cohosted by Watchung Booksellers and the Montclair Public Library

June 2, 2013
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair NJ 07042

Montclair Public Library

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Book signing at the Book Expo in New York City

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Buzz will be signing copies of his new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration Book signing at the Book Expo in New York City on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00am.

May 31, 2013
Book Expo in New York, NY
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Talk and Book Signing at the Explorer’s Club in New York City

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Buzz will be giving a talk and signing copies of his new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration at the Explorers Club on May 12, 2013 in New York City, NY at 5:00pm.

Click here for tickets and additional details on Exploring Legends with Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin

5:00 pm Reception; 5:30 pm Interview; 6:00 pm Book-Signing
New York City Headquarters, 46 East 70th St., New York, NY

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Buzz Aldrin Refutes Space Sale, Is Keeping Moon Memorabilia

Monday, March 25th, 2013

news-032413b-lgA New York auction house is set to sell more than 300 space artifacts on Monday (March 25), including original documents that were flown to the moon and used to carry out the first manned lunar landing.

But contrary to recent headlines prompted by Bonhams’ upcoming “Space History Sale,” the Apollo 11 moonwalker,whose lunar-traveled checklists and flight plans are being offered, is not the one doing the selling.

“I am not offering any items for sale from my current collection of Apollo 11 articles in the Bonhams auction,” astronaut Buzz Aldrin said in statement provided to “The Apollo 11 items being auctioned on Monday are being resold from auctions that took place in 2007 or earlier at the instigation of my ex-wife and her daughter who acted as my attorney and business manager.”

Aldrin, who with the late Neil Armstrong walked on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility in 1969, was divorced from his wife of 24 years, Lois Driggs Cannon Aldrin, in December. The 83-year-old astronaut cited “irreconcilable differences” as to the reason for the separation.

The artifacts now being resold include flight plan pages, a checklist card and the procedure sheets that were used by Aldrin and Armstrong to lift off from the moon’s surface.

Bonhams, which Aldrin says has acknowledged the lots in question were consigned by someone other than him, had promoted the documents’ sale in a press release issued last month.

“[An] extraordinary piece on offer will be a two-page entry from the Apollo 11 log book,” Bonhams wrote. “Effectively equal to a log entry from Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World… the log pages were brought to the lunar surface in the Lunar Module Eagle on the first manned lunar landing mission during in 1969, making them the pinnacle for any space history collector.”

Bonhams estimated the papers would command between $15,000 and $90,000 each, depending on the document.
Recent articles previewing the auction stated that Aldrin was selling the papers himself. The reports suggested that Aldrin had put the documents up for sale after legislation was passed by Congress last year confirming that certain astronauts, including the Apollo moonwalkers, could now retain or sell the items they had used in space and saved as mementos.

Bonhams’ release promoted their Space History Sale as the first “major auction” since the new law went into effect in September 2012.

“I have not auctioned any Apollo 11-related items owned by me for a number of years,” Aldrin told collectSPACE. “I do not plan to do so now even though all Apollo astronauts have been authorized by law to own the items we brought back from the moon.”

“I have no intention of selling any more of the historical Apollo 11 items in my possession for the remainder of my life,” Aldrin added. “I intend to pass a portion of these items on to my children and to loan the most important items for permanent display in suitable museums around the country.”
As noted by Aldrin, Bonhams’ auction is not the first to offer these types of documents for sale from the Apollo 11 moonwalker’s and other astronauts’ collections. Another checklist consigned by Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell to a Dallas-based auction house in 2011 was, in part, what led to the recent legislation, after NASA questioned the astronaut’s title to the papers.

His memorabilia sales behind him, Aldrin is preparing for the May 7 release of his seventh book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” (National Geographic) in which he details his proposed path for taking humans to the Red Planet by 2035.

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