Making good on a promise to make a personal appearance at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Apollo astronaut, author (and Dancing with the Stars contestant) Buzz Aldrin spent an evening with VIP supporters, museum members and “teacher flight envoys. ”

Aldrin returned to Denver Saturday, May 24 as part of a book tour and to receive an award for his continuing contributions to space flight and exploration.

Aldrin, his son, Andy, and co-author Leonard David shared insights from Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration¬†and the legendary Apollo 11 moon landing made 45 years ago on July 21, 1969. On that day, Aldrin became the 2nd man–after mission commander Neil Armstrong– to set foot on the moon. Following the discussion, Buzz answered questions from the audience including one from a young student who asked if he was ever afraid that the spacecraft ‘would blow up’? Not really, but “if it had, that would have been Neil’s fault,” he joked.

Unbeknownst to many in the audience, retired USAF Col. Aldrin is also a rap singer. Yes, really. In 2009, Aldrin (aka, “Doc Rendezvous”) teamed up with Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to produce a rap single and video called “Rocket Experience. Proceeds from video and music sales benefit Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation.

The mission of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.

For more information regarding programs, educational opportunities, and events visit the website at www.wingsmuseum.org.

 

The mission of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.