Archive for November, 2015

Buzz at 2015 Astronaut Reunion

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Buzz Aldrin will be in Houston, TX for the 2015 Astronaut Reunion.

Buzz Aldrin, Naomi Harris, Nicole Scherzinger in Maldives

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Three international celebrities, famous British actress Naomi Harris, American singer Nicole Scherzinger, and American engineer and former astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr, have posted pictures of themselves holidaying in the Maldives.

Buzz Aldrin, who is renowned as the second man to walk on the moon after Neil Armstrong, had posted on his official Facebook page a picture taken at Baa atoll Soneva Fushi resort with actress Naomi Harris, who rose to fame in roles such as the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

“You meet interesting people in the Maldives,” Aldrin wrote in the caption of the photograph. The former astronaut had also vacationed at Soneva Fushi with his family last year.

Meanwhile, the former vocalist of American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger had posted pictures of enjoying herself on a beach and in a swimming pool of an undisclosed resort in the Maldives. Scherzinger, who sang the English version of Indian composer A.R.Rahman’s Oscar-winning “Jai Ho” for the critically acclaimed movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2008, posted the pictures on her Instagram, which have become wildly popular on social media.

A number of commenters on the pictures shared by Aldrin and Scherzinger remarked on the natural beauty of the Maldives depicted in the photographs, with several expressing desires to visit the island nation.

Earlier this year, popular Indian band Sanam had filmed their latest single, a cover of the Bollywood classic “Yeh Vaada Raha” featuring local singer Mira Mohamed Majid, at Herethera Island Resort. Numerous fans of the group had then also commented on the location of the shoot with wishes to visit the Maldives themselves.

Buzz Aldrin discusses ‘Mission to Mars’ with Long Island kids

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

By Maya Barravecchio, Deni Menendez, Abigail Villani and Nicholas Zacharis Kidsday Reporters

We met former astronaut and author Buzz Aldrin when he was in Manhattan recently. His latest book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration,” by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David (National Geographic Society) is a must-read for anyone interested in outer space.

How did you get the idea to make a book out of Mars?
I was fascinated with Earth-moon cycling orbits for tourists to swing by the back side of the moon or the front side, and then I discovered that NASA was not interested unless we landed people on the moon. So I began to look at Mars to have this place swing by the Earth, five months later swing by Mars and then come back to the earth in 21 months. Five and 21 is 26. That is the time that Earth catches up to Mars.

Were you scared being on the moon?
Me? scared? I’m a fighter pilot. We don’t get scared. We don’t have fear. We execute, we have ice in our veins. We’re not allowed to be scared because fear clouds up your thinking. Fear is not good.

It cost millions of dollars to get to the moon. Did you have to pay anything?
NASA had to use all their money to build rockets. So the airports paid me — not very much.

Is there any hint that there is life on Mars today?
We haven’t found life yet on Mars. We hope to dig down deep. But the Mars generation, you guys, hopefully will find life on Mars.

How many people volunteered to live on Mars?
The Dutch company Mars One. 240,000, that’s lots of people, and it’s down to 100 but they’re going to select 24.

How many people volunteered to live on Mars?
The Dutch company Mars One. 240,000, that’s lots of people, and it’s down to 100 but they’re going to select 24.

Do you still want to go into space again?
No. I’m a scuba diver. I am more important down here because of my experience to help the Mars generation.
How many miles to the gallon does a rocket ship get?
When the rocket lifted off, somebody calculated not with a slide rule, but with a computer, 7 inches to the gallon. Automobiles would never sell if that’s all they did. You wouldn’t go very far. If you had a 10-gallon tank.

Did you stop believing in Martians?
Live ones? No.
How did you feel being weightless?
Because you can be very much like weightless in the ocean or the swimming pool just dropped out a little bit and you’ll stay where you are and that’s just like. It’s not really zero gravity because it’s gravity that keeps the moon going around the Earth. So it is unaccelerated. You’re in a car going 50 miles an hour, you push the pedal down, accelerate to 60.

Do people know who you are while walking down the street?
Yes and no. I like to be private. And that’s not why I grew a beard. I did that to be cool.

How does it feel to be the real Buzz Lightyear?
Buzz Lightyear is better than Lunar Larry. So the producer changed it to Buzz. It is cool.

Do you think it’s going to be successful going to Mars?
Everything is going to be successful. We hope. We need to build up 50, 100, 1,000 people, and if we bring people back, then it’ll go down. We need to increase people. And I hope the first people that land will stay and we will prepare their house very carefully from orbit.

When do you think it will happen, like 100 years?

You’re just about the right age; in 2040, you’ll be I think 33 years old.

How do you feel about your accomplishment to be the second person to walk on the moon?
Well, I was on “The Simpsons,” and Bart said, second comes after first. We both landed with great teamwork and that was most important. Either one could go down the ladder, but the symbol of the commander being the first, we never had two people outside the spacecraft before. The commander’s the symbol of the Eagle spacecraft, that was our name, the symbol of our country. We were the third mission to go to the moon.

Were you allowed to keep any souvenirs from space? If so, what were they?
In the lander Eagle, there was a water gun, and we used the water gun to put water into the food that was dehydrated. And so we put water in there and then it would taste good. So we would squeeze it in our mouth. We’re much better now, TV dinners. So I have a water gun. Now I also have a broken circuit breaker that I found on the floor and the circuit breaker was an engine arm. That’s the one that has to be in to land to go home, but if it’s broken I had to use a pen. So I have the pen and broken circuit breaker.

Buzz Aldrin: JFK originally aimed for Mars, not the moon

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

President John F Kennedy’s famous moon speech could well have been a Mars speech had he not been talked down from his lofty ambitions, Buzz Aldrin revealed in Brisbane on Wednesday.
And the second human being to ever step on the surface of another world urged the United States to work closely with the Chinese in space to help promote peace on Earth.
Speaking at a superannuation conference in Brisbane, Dr Aldrin said he only recently learnt about President Kennedy’s belief his nation could launch a Mars mission in the 1960s.

“(NASA) told him it would take at least 15 years before we could put a man on the moon,” he said.

“Now, I recently learnt at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) at the 100th anniversary of the aero/astro school department, that Kennedy had actually wanted us to go to Mars.
“He asked his engineers to figure it out and, after a weekend of rather intense calculations, they told him that Mars was just a little bit too far to go, but we could shoot for the moon as a more realistic goal.
Buzz Aldrin in one of history’s most iconic photographs.
Buzz Aldrin in one of history’s most iconic photographs. Photo: Neil Armstrong
“Can you imagine having only one weekend to figure that out for the president?”
Dr Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon while Mike Collins remained in lunar orbit aboard the command module on July 20, 1969, eight years after President Kennedy’s address to the US congress that set the agenda for the Apollo missions.
“Instead of accepting what was possible, on May 25 1961, just three weeks after Alan Shepherd’s flight [when he became the first American in space during a suborbital flight], President Kennedy boldly challenged America to commit to the goal of landing man on the moon before the end of the decade and bringing him back – that’s a good thing,” he said.
“We had not even put a man into orbit. The rockets and spacecraft needed to go beyond Earth’s orbit didn’t exist.
“Many thought the challenge to be impossible. We didn’t have the know-how, but we did have a leader with the vision, the determination and the courage – and the confidence – that we could get there.
“By publicly stating our goal, putting a specific time period on a very specific achievement, President Kennedy gave us no way to back out.”

Dr Aldrin said President Barack Obama could take his own giant leap forward for mankind by setting out his own goals for the exploration of Mars.
“By venturing into space, we improve life for everyone here on Earth,” he said.
Dr Aldrin lamented the decline of American manned missions and urged greater cooperation with China’s burgeoning space program.
“We really should work with them in space and I believe that will help down here,” he said.
“It’s almost a must and I think it’s quite important that this (Obama) administration doesn’t have a guaranteed great legacy; things may not work out the way they think they will.
“But if they were to just open the door a little bit, to relations with China and space, someone else will make it work and they will get credit for it.”

Read the original article at The Sydney Morning Herald

Book signing at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Buzz Aldrin will be signing copies of his new children’s book “Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet” and Mission to Mars at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor on Saturday, December 19 beginning 9:30am

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Signing Guidelines:

  • -Buzz will only autograph the new book “Welcome to Mars” and his adult book “Mission to Mars”
  • -He will NOT sign any memorabilia, photos, space related items, other books authored or not authored by him.
  • -He will not personalize and will sign his name only.
  • -We allow photos while he is signing but we will not pose for pictures or allow anyone behind the table to take a photo.
  • -Each venue will decide if there is a limit to how many books you may purchase. This is at the discretion of the venue.
  • -Time permitting Buzz will continue to sign until the last person in line having purchased a book is taken care of. Once all books are sold we’ll consider the signing over.

December 19, 2015
Time: 9:30am

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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