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”:  
 
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f7a26d7505/making-of-buzz-aldrin-s-rocket-experience-w-snoop-dogg-and-talib-kweli 
 
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0be5c681fc/buzz-aldrin-s-rocket-experience 
 
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 
http://www.buzzaldrin.com. 

Buzz Aldrin's Unified Space Vision

Time to Boldly Go Once More By Buzz Aldrin, Thursday, July 16, 2009,  washingtonpost.com

Instead, I propose a new Unified Space Vision, a plan to ensure American space leadership for the 21st century. It wouldn’t require building new rockets from scratch, as current plans do, and it would make maximum use of the capabilities we have without breaking the bank. It is a reasonable and affordable plan — if we again think in visionary terms.

 

Latest News on 28th International Space Development Conference

Dear Friends,

The National Space Society’s 28th annual International Space Development Conference, ISDC 2009, is only a month away!  We are pleased to announce that Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galatic, has been added to the program. Check out the full list of speakers and program grid.
 
REGISTER TODAY today for the citizen space conference of the year!  www.isdc2009.org

Secondary Meal Registration is Now Available
 
The wait is over!  Meal tickets for ISDC 2009 are on sale now at www.isdc2009.org.  ISDC registration is a la carte.  One low registration rate permits admission into all general sessions.  Meals are purchased separately.  Professional Rate Registration includes all meals.
 
Projected Keynote Speaker Schedule for Meals (subject to change):

Thursday Luncheon:
Elon Musk, Co-founder of PayPal and Space Exploration Technologies
 
Thursday Dinner:
Richard Garriott, Sixth private citizen to conduct a space mission aboard the ISS

Friday Luncheon:
Janet Petro, Deputy Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Friday Gala Dinner:
Special Guests To Be Announced
 
Saturday Luncheon:
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut; Founder, ShareSpace Foundation; NSS Governor
 
Saturday Dinner:
To Be Announced
  
Purchase your tickets now at www.isdc2009.org/secondary_registration before prices go up!

HAVE YOU RESERVED YOUR HOTEL ROOM?
 
Don’t forget to lock in your room at the luxurious Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. RESERVE NOW! A limited number of rooms are still available at the special NSS room rate.
Surrounded by 36 holes of championship Orlando golf, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, and 15 acres of recreation, this four-diamond resort is one of the nation’s premier golf, meeting and leisure retreats.
 
Reserve your piece of this luxury experience now! 

Space Investment Summit Registration Still Available
 
ISDC is proud to again host the Space Investment Summit (SIS-6) on Wednesday, May 27.  This exclusive one day event will address the connection between the existing hospitality industry and the emerging space tourism industry.  Presentations will focus on the latest developments in the rapidly growing space tourism industry (vehicles, funding, destinations, timeframes, numbers of customers and more), as well as new cross-industry business opportunities.
 
Their are still a limited number of seats available to this exclusive event. Register now and get the latest information at www.isdc2009.org/sis

Sincerely, 

Brett Silcox                                                  Tim Bailey
Associate Director                                         Chairman, ISDC 2009
National Space Society                                  National Space Society
 
www.isdc2009.org                  
 
Don’t miss our reception and FIREWORKS on Thursday, May 28 exclusively for ISDC attendees. Register now!