April 15, 2010
Posted: 04:42 PM ET
BUZZ ALDRIN WILL BE LARRY'S GUEST TONIGHT! TUNE IN AT 9PM ET!
On Thursday, Aldrin is hitching a ride aboard Air Force One to Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at the invitation of President Obama, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.
It appears to be just one of the perks for being on Obama's side of the controversy over the president's new space program, which cancels former President George W. Bush's plan to return U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2020.
Aldrin supports Obama's new space policy, and over the last 48 hours, the White House has made extraordinary efforts publicizing his position.
Aides flooded the White House press corps Wednesday with e-mails, forwarding Aldrin's letter to the president.
In the letter, Aldrin writes, "As an Apollo astronaut, I know full well the importance of always exploring new frontiers and tackling new challenges as we explore space. The simple truth is that we have already been to the Moon - some 40 years ago. What this nation needs in order to maintain its position as the 21st century leader in space exploration is a near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on developing key, cutting-edge technologies that will take us further and faster. ... The President's program will help us be in this endeavor for the long haul and will allow us to again push our boundaries to achieve new and challenging things beyond Earth."
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