Buzz Aldrin’s The Long Journey Home from the Moon and Rocket Experience

The National Space Society is proud to announce the “launch”, on June 23, 2009, of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s dramatic memoir, Magnificent Desolation – The Long Journey Home from the Moon.  In his new book, Dr. Aldrin, an honored member of the NSS Board of Governors, provides a gripping account of the lunar landing (and as to how close it actually came to failure), as well as a frank and open discussion of the personal challenges that awaited him upon his return to Earth, including his difficult, but ultimately successful, battle to overcome depression and alcoholism.  It also details his tireless work as an advocate for space exploration, development, and settlement. 

In conjunction with the release of his memoir, Dr. Aldrin also recorded a new “rap” song, “Rocket Experience”, which he recorded with the assistance of two other famous “rappers”, Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli. His friend, Quincy Jones, and admirer, Souljaboy, also appear in the Funny or Die video made of the song in support of Buzz’s track. This dual launch of his new memoir, and his new career as a rapper, were the subject of television appearances on The Today Show, CNN, and Access Hollywood.  

We invite you to check out two online videos involving the recording of Dr. Aldrin’s rap song, the first one called, “The Making of Rocket Experience”, and the second one called, the “Rocket Experience Music Video”:

Dr. Aldrin has announced that a portion of the proceeds from the “Rocket Experience” song will go to his non-profit corporation, ShareSpace Foundation, and also to other non-profit space advocacy groups such as the National Space Society, in order to further space exploration, development, and settlement.

For additional information about Dr. Aldrin and ShareSpace Foundation, check out his website at 

New Moon Books

Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin, with Victoria Kohl, Illustrated by Alan Bean. Reviewed by Marrianne Dyson.

Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean are a powerful team for introducing the Apollo program to a new generation. Few authors can compete with Andrew Chaikin when it comes to telling the stories of Apollo, and Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean is the only artist who can paint the Moon with the passion of personal experience. The combination of their talents has produced Mission Control, This is Apollo, a book that will appeal to a much wider audience than the targeted 9-12 age group.

LOOK TO THE STARS By Buzz Aldrin, Paintings by Wendell Minor


2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon on July 20, 1969.
In LOOK TO THE STARS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 9780399247217; On sale May 14, 2009;
40 pages; Ages 6 up/Grades 1 up; $17.99) Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin – the second man to set foot on the moon — takes readers on a journey through the amazing history of the origins of flight and space exploration. Marvelous paintings by Wendell Minor bring the
journey to life.

Neil Armstrong’s Eloquent Words for Mankind Captured in Book that Details Intriguing and Unknown Story of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

What influenced Neil Armstrong to utter his famous words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind?” Could it have been the “forward step for all mankind” theme that Willis Shapley, a largely unknown figure at NASA, proposed to decision makers in February 1969? Exactly 40 years later, that is one of the topics that is explored in the acclaimed book “We Came in Peace for all Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc” by Tahir Rahman. Rahman, a space author, plans a book signing tour that kicks off at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum this summer.

New Book Remembering Apollo 11

Remembering America’s first moon walk

 “The 40th Anniversary of The First Moon Walk” is not just a fund raising project by the Phoenix Moon Society; it’s a way to preserve the memory. Without the quotes from those who were listening and watching on July 20, 1969, this book would only be a pretty picture book, but would lack the impact and nostalgia that was envisioned when undergoing this project.

Remembering the First Moon Walk Facebook Group