Jul 9, 2009

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Speaks at the MFAH This Friday

-FUPPETS- has long admired the men and women who have travelled away from Earth's gravity well and outside of the tenuous atmosphere that humans require to live. The few humans who have travelled to the Moon, and the even fewer number that actually touched down on that desolate ball of rock, are some of the greatest heroes that humanity has ever known. Their exploration ignited the world, and showed what humans are truly capable of. To think they did this without a single microprocessor aboard their vehicles or suits is astounding. They did everything with transistors!
This Friday, July 10 2009, one of those men, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., will be speaking at The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston. Buzz Aldrin has co-authored a book recounting,

America´s historic initial moon landing — from takeoff to splashdown — and the two decades of Aldrin´s profound personal struggle that followed. - ( MFAH )

The book is titled MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: The Long Journey Home from the Moon. The cover appears below.

-FUPPETS- is highly excited and anticipates a mind-blowing evening. Houston's own Ernie Manouse will be leading the conversation. The event is open to the public, is FREE, and doors open at 6:00 PM. Seating and admission is first come, first serve. The talk begins at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston at 713-639-7360.

This iconic image of Buzz Aldrin was taken by Neil Armstrong, who can be seen in Aldrin's visor's reflection. Click the image to enlarge.

Here are a couple of recent interviews with Buzz Aldrin, the second human to ever touch the Lunar surface.

Moon Walker Buzz Aldrin: Time to Settle on Mars Approaching the 40th anniversary of his historic walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin talks about the state of space exploration and his new memoir, "Magnificent Desolation." - ( Wall Street Journal )

The Man on the Moon: Questions for Buzz Aldrin - ( The New York Times )

(Below is an image of astronaut Aldrin's footprint on the Lunar surface, taken by him on July 20, 1969)

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