April 15, 2010

Buzz Aldrin gets a lift on Air Force One

Posted: 04:42 PM ET


(CNN) - Buzz Aldrin is used to traveling on high-profile missions. His 240,000-mile trip to the moon on July 20, 1969, set the precedent.

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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Cajazz76:24:8   April 15th, 2010 4:57 pm ET

Buzz Aldrin may not know how to dance, but he sure knows how to fly with the eagles. It was a good thing for him, his family, and the world he gave up 'hootin with the owls' and marches to the tune of a different drummer. You may have initially resented decisions made by NASA, but it appears you have resolved your impeding issues. Good luck to him and he should finally take up golf and toss the dancing shoes for freestyle foot loose and fancy free stompin when he wants to get down.

Chris   April 15th, 2010 5:59 pm ET

Since he was willing to participate in DWTS and given the appearance of him and his wife, I have to wonder if it isn't all about publicity for him. I think I have to place more value on the opinion of the other three.

Kristy Lynn   April 15th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

Either Buzz Aldrin doesn’t want anyone else touching his territory or he never landed on the moon. Why wouldn’t a former astronaut want others to explore and seek answers to some of life’s biggest questions? I can understand NASA needing funding and new technology for exploration but if you spend all your time focusing on one goal none of them will ever happen. I think 2020 was a reasonable time frame to make it back to the moon.

Smith in Oregon   April 15th, 2010 6:23 pm ET

It seems entirely ironic trimming NASA's programs and many of its Secret Black projects is absolutely in keeping with the Republican – Tea Party's public credo of less government and trimming the fat from existing programs.

Look at how this placed into action brings out the utter hypocrisy from Republican lawmakers squealing in they psycho-babble of hatred and anger at President Obama's ambitious plan to trim many of NASA's Secret Black projects and re-direct NASA's space program.

Hillary Contoocook, NH   April 15th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

MY hope is that the pilot flying the plane is not Exploited like so many underpaid pilot's here in the U.S.A.

John   April 15th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Any accomplishments we can make in the space program are positive aspects that impact science and society. The most creative period for curriculum development in schools came following the Sputnik era when the US Government poured resources into math and science education. This curriculum development era predates the standards movement when the public education curriculum was "hijacked" and dumbed down through curriculum and assessments that destroyed the kind of creativity fostered by the space program which is necessary to solve the kind of problems we face today.

BigD TRUTH CENTRE, MN   April 15th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Geo.W.Bush Trying to Identify with & Expound Upon JFK Initiatives Like Go to the Moon- He Misses the 'Mark' & Like So many in America Today Go Down on Record Not Being Able to Grasp the "LEADERSHIP & VISION" of Our Much Gifted President OBAMA!

Thanks BUZZ ALDRIN! I Believe We Can Make it NOW!

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   April 16th, 2010 1:40 am ET

Mr Aldrin

Please tell us whether you see any mysterious thing on the moon.
Several years back i read that Neil Armstrong heard the call of the Muezzin to prayers. Ir seems Armstrong converted to Islam not long after that.
I dont know whether this is true.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 16th, 2010 6:42 am ET

With all respects, I think the President has more pressing issues on earth than to expand the space program even further. I would imagine that it costs a lot of money.

Will they try to get to heaven next. I mean, how far do they expect to go into outer space. Is it limitless.

How about the rumours that were going round before, that they never actually went to the moon at all. I wonder.

It should get interesting though what the future holds in outer space. China may be able to afford it with their booming economies.

Ted   April 16th, 2010 8:55 am ET

We are a nation that has its head in the stars and the feet in a deep hole filled with manure.
I second the decision of Pres. Obama not to waste additional money on going to the stars, when we have large problems with the basic life, such as jobs, health care, the environment, just to name a few.
We were on the moon first, so let other nations have a chance to go there, too.
We might learn something from the chinese or the indians or anybody else.

Greg   April 16th, 2010 7:04 pm ET

His flight on Air Force One is the closest he has ever been to the Moon. How can anyone believe this Moon Landing nonsense.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET


I bet you believe in DOG...

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 17th, 2010 5:07 am ET

Well they brought the bit of moon rock back didn't they and it toured around the world, I believe.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 17th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

Jessie from Auckland, NZ

Greg is an example of a protagonist/ oxymoron...

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