Celebrate Hope

Keynote Speaker

Buzz Aldrin

Photo - Buzz AldrinIn October 1963, Buzz Aldrin was selected by NASA as one of the early astronauts. In November 1966, he established a new record for Extra-Vehicular Activity in space on the Gemini XII orbital flight mission. Buzz has logged 4500 hours of flying time, 290 of which were in space, including 8 hours of EVA. As Backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo VIII, man's first flight around the moon, he significantly improved operational techniques for astronautical navigation star display. Then, on July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moon walk, thus becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history.

Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. In 1993 Dr. Aldrin received a U.S. patent for a permanent space station he designed. More recently he founded his rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people.

Dr. Aldrin has continued to share his vision for the future of space travel with todayís youth by authoring his first illustrated childrenís book Reaching for the Moon (Harper Collins, 2005) that debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestsellerís List, and has garnered many publishing accolades including the Parentís Choice Recommended Award and Publisherís Weekly Best Childrenís Book of 2005. He has authored two space novels that dramatically portray manís discovery of the ultimate frontier: The Return (Forge Books, 2000) and Encounter with Tiber (Warner Books, 1996). He has also authored an autobiography, Return to Earth (Random House, 1973) and the bestseller historical documentary, Men from Earth (Bantam, 1989), describing his trip to the moon and his unique perspective on America's space program. His latest book, "Magnificent Desolation" (Harmony, 2009), is a New York Times bestseller and is an autobiographical account of his trip to the moon as well as a glimpse into the battles he faced and overcame in his personal life.

Now Buzz actively promotes his new Rocket Hero brand through his company StarBuzz Enterprises LLC, works on bringing space tourism to the public through his non-profit ShareSpace Foundation ; and lectures and travels throughout the world to pursue and share his latest concepts and ideas for exploring the universe. He is a leading voice in charting the course of future space efforts from Planet Earth.