Golden anniversaries are a big deal for any occasion.
But for a historic, humanity-changing event like the first human walk on the moon, 2019 celebration of Apollo 11 in the Works for Brevard County – The First Leg in the Glo "The Space Coast will once again grab the world's attention as we celebrate this historic anniversary and celebrate a true culmination of our space exploration efforts as one country," said Jennifer Sugarman, President and CEO The Regional Chamber of Commerce of Cocoa Beach
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Planning is already in full swing For a five-day series of events starting on July 16, the date Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins exploded from Kennedy Space Center on a Saturn V rocket, until July 20, whom n the E Agle landed and Armstrong and Aldrin entered the lunar surface.
Preliminary ideas include an astronaut parade through Cocoa Beach in Corvettes, seminars, a pub crawl, and fireworks before culminating in a black gala fundraiser at KSC.
Expect hotel rooms are quick to book, and restaurants near KSC and Cocoa Beach are hectic as the global spotlight rekindles on the Space Coast, especially on the launch date.
But with increasing excitement, the question arises in the room played by Aldrin, the second man on the moon, involved in a lawsuit with his family and charitable foundation. Satellite Beach's 88-year-old resident refused to attend the KSC last Saturday at KSC his name, the Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation, and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which donated money to the STEAM education initiatives (science, technology, Technology, art and mathematics). He cited ongoing legal issues and a disagreement over the Foundation's focus.
"I founded the ShareSpace Foundation in 1998 to promote individual spacemen," Aldrin said in a statement provided to FLORIDA TODAY. "However, in my opinion, the foundation is now being used to promote very different goals."
At last night's gala and in a subsequent statement, two of Aldrin's children, Andrew and Jan, realized disappointment at their father's absence.
"But we remain committed to honoring his legacy as a true American hero through the important work of our Family Foundation," they said in a statement. "He is still part of the foundation and its board and we look forward to continuing our work together in the future."
Aldrin's children have recently asked a court to transfer to them the legal guardianship for their father they say
Buzz Aldrin in turn sued Andrew, Jan and a longtime business executive claiming fraud and abuse.
Buzz Aldrin works with a new management team to support plans to create a new Houston-based Spaceflight Institute, separate from the Aldrin Space Institute, which he founded at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne
Nobody knows how long the legal issues need to be resolved and whether they can still celebrate their 50th anniversary
A representative from Buzz Aldrin Ventures and a member of his legal department did not immediately respond to questions about his future plans on Monday.
Local organizers of the anniversary say Aldrin's involvement or not next year is not a problem yet.
"We have not even thought about that yet," said Bonnie King, deputy director of the Tourism Bureau of the Space Coast. "At the moment we are just trying to put together the infrastructure and the plan."
King works with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and the Aldrin Family Foundation to collaborate with other groups over the course of time.
She said celebrations not only honor the achievements of the past, but also focus on the future of human space exploration, involving not only the Apollo legends but also current astronauts and shuttle-era astronauts
The Coast will Certainly some big names from Hollywood and the Beltway put on, maybe even from the White House.
But it will also compete with the celebrations that are going on all around the country and around the world at the same time and seemingly without much planning (19659006) The White House, like previous anniversaries, can claim a special recognition ,
Places with significant NASA appearances, including Houston – the home of Mission Control and the Astronaut Corps – and Huntsville In Alabama will host major events.
In addition, the Columbia command module of the Apollo 11 mission is on a cross-country tour (now at a stop in St. Louis) that will end until the anniversary of Seattle's flight museum. The Smithsonian Institution's National Aerospace Museum will unveil an exhibition of Armstrong's space suit while Johnson Space Center is restoring its historic Mission Control Center. The US coin will issue coins in memory of Apollo.
NASA is still planning its own lineup, with momentum expected to pick up again on October 1, following the Space Agency's 60th anniversary.
"Even though the unfortunate legal situation just did not occur at Buzz There will be numerous events where everyone wants the two surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew to attend in July 2019," said Robert Pearlman, publisher of CollectSpace.com and Expert in space history and memorabilia. (Armstrong died in 2012.)
"So the idea that (Aldrin) does not show up at one point or another, I would not view as a dislike, but rather that this will be a very busy season for them," said Pearlman.
Aldrin has spoken publicly about his desire to capitalize on the enthusiasm sparked by Apollo 11's Golden Jubilee to raise public awareness and debate on how to drive exploration. His own focus is on getting people to Mars.
"Much can change in a year, so I would not count anymore at this point," Pearlman said. "Hopefully in July 2019, it's all about celebrating crew members, not necessarily about their personal lives."
Dave Berman contributed to this article.
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