Kepler Aerospace Ltd. (“Kepler”) announces that former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is joining the Kepler and Kepler Spacecore Inc. (“KSC”) team.
February 12, 2019 – Cape Canaveral, Florida – Kepler announces that Buzz Aldrin will be joining the Kepler and Kepler SpaceCore team as a Spokesperson, Government Liaison, Consultant and Advisor to Kepler and its subsidiaries.
Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.; January 20, 1930) is an American engineer, former astronaut, and fighter pilot. As lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land and walk on the Moon.
His doctoral thesis was Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous, earning him the nickname “Dr. Rendezvous” from fellow astronauts. His first space flight was in 1966 on Gemini 12 during which he spent over five hours on extravehicular activity (EVA) outside the spacecraft. Three years later, Aldrin set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), nine minutes after Armstrong first touched the surface, while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit. A Presbyterian elder, Aldrin also became the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon when he privately took communion.
Upon leaving NASA in 1971, he became Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. He retired from the Air Force in 1972, after 21 years of service. He continued to advocate for space exploration, particularly a manned mission to Mars, and developed the Aldrin cycler, a special spacecraft trajectory that makes travel to Mars possible using less time and propellant. He has been awarded numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, is listed in several Halls of Fame and has his plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kepler’s Management is delighted to have Buzz as part of Kepler and its subsidiaries’ team. We feel that Buzz’s presence on the Kepler team will help propel Kepler to new heights within the Satellite Launch Platform, Zero-G and Space marketplace.
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