Buzz Aldrin, Florida Tech to establish Space Institute

  • Aug 26, 2015
  • Florida Today
  • By: James Dean

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Thursday will visit the Florida Institute of Technology for a ceremony formally establishing a space institute in the astronaut’s name.

The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech, to open this fall, will focus on Mars settlement through Aldrin’s concept of “Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars,” according to a media advisory.

Aldrin will join the Melbourne university’s faculty as a Research Professor of Aeronautics and serve as a senior faculty adviser for the institute.

Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony Catanese and Aldrin will host the 2 p.m. signing ceremony and a media briefing about the institute.

Aldrin became the second human to set foot on the moon after landing there with Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 1951, and in 1963 a Doctor of Science degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his study of techniques for manned orbital rendezvous.

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4 Responses to “Buzz Aldrin, Florida Tech to establish Space Institute”

  1. […] But my son will hopefully be around to see it. He’s working very diligently with the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, which we formed in conjunction with the Florida Institute of […]

  2. David says:

    Finally we are moving forward again. Thank you Buzz.

  3. […] called the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, and it will open at the Florida Institute of Technology this […]

  4. Renee says:

    Will they be hiring any staff for his office at Florida Institute of Tecnology