Bring Your Questions for Buzz Aldrin
On Saturday, Buzz Aldrin became the first astronaut to accept an Emmy award.
He was also the second person to set foot on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Aldrin, along with Neil Armstrong, spent 21 hours on the lunar surface while some 600 million people watched from Earth. He later had an asteroid and a crater named after him.
Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, Aldrin designed the Aldrin Mars Cycler, a “subway in the sky,” and received three patents, including one for multi-crew space modules. He founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and the nonprofit ShareSpace Foundation, devoted to space education programs and advocacy.
In addition to several children’s books and other works of fiction and non-fiction, he recently published his autobiography, Magnificent Desolation. And he has recorded a rap single, “Rocket Experience,” with Snoop Dogg.
Before working for NASA, Aldrin received a Distinguished Flying Cross from the Air Force and earned a doctorate in astronautics at MIT. His mother’s maiden name was … yes: Moon. How aptonymic of her.
Aldrin has agreed to take your questions — about NASA, walking on the moon, the value to society of space exploration, or anything else you can conjure — so ask away in the comments section below. As with all Q&A’s, we will post his answers here in a few days.