Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing for a year, although his charitable Space Foundation is a sponsor and he is usually the main attraction. 19659002] The Apollo Celebration Gala, which took place Saturday night under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, featured a panel discussion of astronauts, an award ceremony and an auction of space memorabilia.
Hundreds of people visited the sold The British physicist Brian Cox presented to the founder of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, the Innovation Award of the ShareSpace Foundation
Branson, whose company develops a new generation of commercial spacecraft, said in a video that the Apollo missions influenced him Generation
"Space is still hard, really hard, it's still important," Branson said. "There would be no Virgin Galactic, no Virgin Orbit, and no Spaceship Company unless Apollo astronauts and thousands of talented humans had made their mission possible."
Dr. Carolyn Williams of the charitable organization From One Hand To AnOTHER received the foundation's Education Award, and the Johnson Space Center's former director, Gerry Griffin, Flight Director of all manned Apollo missions, was honored with the Pioneer Award.
"It's very humiliating, it kinda came out of the blue," Griffin said. "It's so nice to know that we've passed the torch this next generation will take us to this next step."
The next step, Griffin said, is a return of the Americans to the moon and finally Mars ̵
"We're going through a second door here, the door is not open – we did not go all the way through – but it broke up," said Schweickart, who was piloting the lunar module on Apollo 9, the Associated Press. "Space will be much cheaper, and that will not only open up opportunities for people to fly, but because of the reduced cost real opportunities for innovators to generate new ideas and do things that have never been done"
Aldrins ShareSpace Foundation is one of the sponsors of the annual gala, which raises money for science, technology, engineering, art and math – or STEAM education – and scholarships for astronaut scholarships.
Renowned Brazilian Pop artist Romero Britto donated works of art from his "Buzz Aldrin Space Series" to the auction, which included a behind-the-scenes tour of Virgin Galactic in California and autographed space memorabilia. Tickets for the event ranged from $ 750 to $ 2,500 per person.
The presumptive absence of the former astronaut comes just a month after he sued two of his adult children and a former business executive, accusing them of abusing his credit cards and transferring money from one and maligning him by saying he has dementia , Just weeks before the lawsuit, Andrew and Jan Aldrin filed a petition alleging that their 88-year-old father was suffering from memory loss, delusions, paranoia, and confusion.
Andrew and Jan Aldrin and Business Manager Christina Korp on the Board of Trustees and attended the gala. Aldrin's eldest son, James, is not involved in the lawsuit.
Andrew Aldrin confirmed his father's absence during the gala.
"Sorry dad can not be here, I know some of you are disappointed," said Aldrin. "Ultimately, it's about creating the first generation of Martians."
Buzz Aldrin was part of Mission Apollo 11 along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, who landed the first two humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
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