SECOND MAN ON MOON: Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin coming
Joel Julien email@example.com
SCI-FI geeks, you may get lucky this year.
Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, is expected to land in this country before the end of the year with two other astronauts.
Ramesh Lutchmedial, Director General of Civil Aviation at the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, mentioned the arrival of the three astronauts as he delivered the welcome address during a ceremony held at the Airport Authority’s Executive Jet Centre, Piarco International Airport, Friday.
The ceremony was held to mark the donation of a Boeing 727 aircraft to the Trinidad and Tobago Civil aviation Authority by air courier services company, FedEx.
Lutchmedial said the plane came as a gift for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Aviation Authority Aviation Training Centre.
“As you know the Wright brothers flew the first flight on December 17, 1903 and then exactly 66 years after guess what, man flew to the Moon and back. We had Neil Armstrong, we had Buzz Aldrin and I am happy to announce that we are currently negotiating to celebrate on December 7, World Aviation Day, with a gala function,” Lutchmedial said.
“And we are expecting that astronaut Buzz Aldrin together with two other astronauts from the Space programme will be coming to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Aldrin was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history.
Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 21, 1969.
Lori Bradner, the executive director of Sun ‘n Fun and Central Florida Aerospace Academy is currently in the process of arranging Aldrin’s arrival.
Bradner, who also played a critical role in the donation of the Boeing 727 from FedEx, spoke to the Express following yesterday’s ceremony.
“Part of what we are doing is if you want to reach a student you reach teachers, and just like students need to be engaged and inspired, teachers need to be engaged and inspired,” Bradner said.
“What we are doing now in the United States, I work with programmes and I work with astronauts to come in and talk, Buzz Aldrin is one of them and Story Musgrave is another and we are looking at having them come. We have spoken to them. And they absolutely love what is going on and they have a passion to inspire the next generation,” she said.
Bradner said the expectation is that the three astronauts will come to this country in October.
“We are looking to bring them here, to not only visit schools, but to visit all of Trinidad, all of Tobago, talk to the students themselves, then do a gala evening for adults...so they can come hear the stories, ask the questions and be inspired,” she said.