Global Conference 2017
Dr. Buzz Aldrin received his doctorate in astronautics from MIT in 1963. That year he was selected by NASA in the third group of astronauts and was the first astronaut with a doctorate. The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs and he pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong secured their place in history with their Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. His ShareSpace Foundation is focused on STEAM education and in 2015 he launched the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech to develop his vision of a permanent human settlement on Mars. Since retiring from NASA, Dr. Aldrin calls himself a Global Statesman for Space and has remained a tireless advocate for space exploration.