Archive for October, 2013

Unified Space Vision

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Illustration by Maxime Pinchaud

Illustration by Maxime Pinchaud

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Interview with Buzz Aldrin at the National Air and Space Museum

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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Join us for an interview with former astronaut and American icon, Buzz Aldrin, In this talk moderated by Leonard David, Aldrin will discuss his book Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.

Buzz Aldrin revisits the moon in Chicago

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Buzz Aldrin envisions the next boundary for people millions of miles away, Mars. Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission. His book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” released earlier this year, details his reasons for exploration on Mars. At this point, science fiction for the first time was becoming science fact as “ Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” radio show host Peter Sagal explained it.

Aldrin spoke at Chicago Ideas Week, a program of 200 speakers that culminated with his talk Sunday and his hope for the future. History may have been different had it been for some small logistics. For one, the first trip to the moon may not have been on Apollo 11 had it not been for weight adjustments that made it lighter.

“They didn’t say anything about walking around, kicking up dust. We could have landed and taken pictures,” Aldrin said. Instead they sent out two men, Neil Armstrong and Aldrin. This led to the iconic picture of Aldrin in his space suit with a set of footsteps on the moon.

“Before this picture was taken, I was moving and Neil said, hey hold it,” Aldrin said. “I didn’t even hear the click because sound doesn’t go through a vacuum.” He still can’t tell who is who in the iconic picture of him and Armstrong putting the American flag on the moon. They now have red stripes on the commander’s spacesuit to differentiate the astronauts. The million dollar question though was how they made the decision of who would be the first person on the moon.

Aldrin was the first astronaut to train underwater, which gave him an edge on walking in zero-gravity. But it wasn’t enough to get him on the moon first.

“Every space walker up to that point had always been the junior person so the commander could see what was going on and make decisions if he needed to,” Aldrin said. In this particular case, they chose not to follow that precedent because of the importance of the mission. “Absolutely the right decision was made. The commander should do the symbolic command and go down in history that way,” Aldrin said.

Aldrin has since written various books about his experience on the moon as well as his most recent one on mars. He said the U.S. should move in that direction because it’s where the rest of the world is going and to maintain the country’s innovation.

“ It’s crucial for us to maintain that kind of greatness,” Aldrin said. “ We are an exceptional country.”

Even so, Aldrin said he himself wouldn’t go to Mars because he doesn’t go for the long-haul.

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Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager Early Access Release

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

The Early Access Program is now available! Find out more HERE.

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager (SPM) is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the biggest nations in the world, in an effort to conquer outer space together, have established the Global Space Agency (GSA). You are in charge. It’s your duty to carefully manage the agency’s budget by opening programs, spending R&D funds on improving the hardware, recruiting personnel and astronauts and launching space missions in this realistic turn based strategy game.

You can now begin managing your very own space program by purchasing one of these Early Access Beta options for Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager:

Mercury Tier – $19.99 for the digital version of the beta supplied immediately and updated throughout, private beta forum access to report issues and discuss the game with the dev team and other early adopters and your name in the beta tester credits
Gemini Tier – $34.99 includes everything in the Mercury Tier plus a boxed copy of the game at final release (usually $44.99) which includes a personalised disk with your name and serial number plus a full colour manual/art book with a collection of gorgeous renders for the game.
Apollo Tier – $99.99 includes everything in the Gemini Tier plus your name and photo in the game as one of the SET personnel, a flight controller or an astronaut and the game sound track in MP3 format. Instead of a beta tester credit you will be listed as a contributor. This option will not be available post release. More information on this Tier is available HERE.

Buzz will be Grand Marshal at Hollywood Christmas Parade

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Buzz Aldrin will be Grand Marshal at the 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1 2013.

Sunday, December 1st, at 5:00 PM

From the Heart of Hollywood! Starting on Hollywood Blvd at Orange, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange.
For tickets and additional details click here