My Day with Buzz Aldrin

Today, I attended the Committee on Rationale and Goals of U.S. Civil Space Program meeting in Washington DC.   Dr. Buzz Aldrin was testifying, (member of the National Space Society Board of Governors).  He made it very entertaining.

First, Neil DeGrasse Tyson spoke. Dr. Tyson was making a point that the United States is not the space pioneering nation, we like to think of ourselves and said “We redefined the contest to be whoever gets to the Moon first, wins.” with Buzz Aldrin sitting close by. Then Dr. Tyson talked about Apollo worship and I pretended to bow down to Dr. Aldrin which got a few chuckles. Later, I remember that I had been accused for being a member of the Moon Cult by a NASA Administrator. I used to surround myself with Lunar and Apollo memorabilia.  My Husband proposed marriage in the next to the Saturn 5 Model at the National Air and Space Museum. My first daughter, born less than a week after I attended Pete Conrad’s funeral, on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splash Down on return to Earth and named, Selena. (My Second daughter is named Diana.) So maybe I do worship Apollo a little or at least the Moon.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin gave a presentation showing many options for NASA in the Future, which I could not do justice trying to explain. I hope he uses this blog as a place to publicize his ideas. Dr. Aldrin did suggested that we should fill the gaps between programs with extra programs. He also attributed the success of Apollo to principles- Flexibility and Open Minds. Those are principles which need to be embraced today.

Dr. Aldrin also said that Inauguration Day was his birthday and that he had asked to march in the Inaugural Parade.  He is now waiting for Secret Service approval. I hope you get your birthday wish, Buzz.

Ad Luna,

Karen Shea

Citizen's Briefing Book

Check out the Citizen’s Briefing Book on Change.gov http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/home

Share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top — and be gathered into a Citizen’s Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.

Search for NASA, Space, Moon and Mars, to look at ideas of interest to NSS members. You must sign in to rate and comment on ideas.

Dennis Wingo has an idea in the Citizens Briefing Book http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000004nmb&lsr=0#comments

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Karen Shea

Space Solar Power (SSP) – A Solution for Energy Independence and Climate Change

There is an interesting discussion going on at change.gov about using space solar power as a means of achieving energy independence in an environmentally friendly away.  There is also a one page PDF white paper that can be downloaded but it is the discussion that is going on that I find more interesting.  Given the many technological advances that have been made since the initial NASA and DOE study at the end of the 70’s,  the creation of a pilot system is long overdue.

Take some time and check out the discussion about space solar power at Space Solar Power (SSP) – A Solution for Energy Independence and Climate Change.

Ad Astra, Jim