NASA honors Apollo moon walker Buzz Aldrin

NASA will honor former astronaut Buzz Aldrin for his involvement in the U.S. space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award.

The ceremony will be March 25 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The Ambassador of Exploration Award is a small sample of lunar material encased in Lucite and mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

Aldrin was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, and, on July 20, 1969, became the second man to set foot on the moon. He spent 2 hours, 15 minutes on the lunar surface with Neil Armstrong, while command module pilot Michael Collins orbited the moon.

Aldrin also flew on the four-day Gemini 12 mission with James Lovell in November 1966.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International


Explore further

Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020

Citation: NASA honors Apollo moon walker Buzz Aldrin (2006, March 17) retrieved 18 September 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-nasa-honors-apollo-moon-walker.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more