Archive for May, 2013

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Wants To Establish Permanent Human Settlement On Mars

Friday, May 31st, 2013

NEW YORK (WLNY) – Is it possible for humans to go to Mars?

For Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, it’s a very real possibility.

He discusses his ideas for a permanent settlement on the so-called “red planet” in his new book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision For Space Exploration.”

Dr. Aldrin joined us on The Couch to discuss all things outer space.

“Mars is the most habitable planet other than the Earth,” Dr. Aldrin said. “It has 24 hour and 30 minutes a day, and it takes about 2 years to go around, and it has seasons. It looks like there has been a lot of water there in the past…there’s a little bit of atmosphere, so you don’t need a total pressure suit.”

Dr. Aldrin added that his discovery of cycling orbits in 1985 paved the way, so to speak, making it “relatively easy” to arrive on Mars.

“When you get there, it’s very complicated to get back, to send the fuel there, so people are gonna stay there,” he said. “We’re going to establish a permanent settlement.”

In his book, Dr. 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.

One of the biggest challenges we face is convincing

“We can do an awful lot with our experience by leading the other nations in a corporation or an authority where we occupy places that are not on the surface or in orbit but are stationary places, where we can control robots that are doing science.”

Buzz Aldrin: Time for People To Go To Mars

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Buzz Aldrin speaks to fans at S.D. Air & Space Museum

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

SAN DIEGO – Approximately 350 fans attended a special event Wednesday at the San Diego Air and Space Museum to meet Buzz Aldrin and get an autographed copy of his new book.

Buzz Aldrin speaks to fans at S.D. Air & Space MuseumAldrin, along with Neil Armstrong, became the first person to walk the moon in 1969. During an interview Wednesday afternoon he recalled the moments when Apollo 11 first landed.

“At 100 feet we hear a call out of 60 seconds of fuel left and I’m getting a little worried,” said Aldrin. “We got down to 30 seconds and we were still 10 feet above the ground. But I felt we were going to make it for sure. And then we touched down and we both looked at each other, congratulating each other and that was the most striking moment of that first expedition.”

His new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision For Space Exploration, is co-authored by Leonard David. It explains why Aldrin thinks the U.S. government needs to commit to further space travel, specifically to Mars.

“I believe that this nation should commit itself before two decades are out,” said Aldrin. “Of America leading permanent presence for international partners on the surface of another planet.”

Aldrin said it’s now up to the U.S. government to make a commitment.

“A commitment to our future that will be remembered in history for hundreds of thousands of years,” said Aldrin.

Wednesday evening the pair gave a presentation at the Air and Space Museum and also took questions from the crowd. The book signing took place following the presentation.

Aldrin will also be signing books Saturday at the International Space Development Conference in La Jolla.

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Aldrin helps Dodgers honor service members

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium was awash in red, white and blue on Monday afternoon in recognition of Memorial Day as the Dodgers hosted the Angels in an Interleague matchup.

“It’s a day of remembrance, a day of honoring,” Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda told the crowd before the pregame ceremonies.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin, who set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, threw the ceremonial first pitch. A graduate of West Point and an MIT doctorate, Aldrin was also a fighter pilot in the Korean War with 66 combat missions.

“Memorial Day is very important to me, because I’m a military person,” Aldrin said. “I had some very close friends who were POWs. I think veterans should be very proud.”

Uniformed members of each branch of the military unfurled a giant American flag along with USO Captains in center field.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, delivered a special message before the game from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The Dodgers welcomed 50 members of the Wounded Warriors Project on the field before the game. Founded in 2003, the project’s mission is to honor and empower injured service members and raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for their needs when they return home.

“Memorial Day is a great time to remember all those people that are fighting for us,” said Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano, who has a niece in the Marine Corps. “It’s just a great day to stop and think about the sacrifices they make for us.”

There was a moment of silence prior to the game to honor members of the military who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Several active troops joined the Dodgers starters when they took the field.

Click here to see video coverage of the Memorial Day Dodger game

In honor of Memorial Day, the Dodgers joined all 30 clubs by wearing specially designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps. The caps are on sale in merchandise stores at Dodger Stadium and available online at

Encounter with Tiber available on eBook

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Encounter with Tiber