Planet 2010

Communications and Technology Conference: 12 - 13 March 2010

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Keynote


He's led an amazing life and been an integral part of one of the most amazing technological feats in history – the first landing on the Moon. Now Buzz Aldrin is about to land in Auckland to be our very special keynote speaker at Planet 2010.

Planet Buzz

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin became famous when the largest TV viewing audience in history – an estimated 600 million people – watched him and Neil Armstrong land on the surface of the Moon in July 1969.

He was part of a team that realised a truly amazing technological feat, beyond what ordinary folk thought possible.

Before his Apollo 11 triumph, Buzz had already chalked up an impressive list of achievements.

After graduating from the US Military Academy at West Point with a BS in mechanical engineering, he joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15's, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100's, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world's first successful spacewalk, overcoming prior difficulties experienced by Americans and Russians during extravehicular activity (EVA), and setting a new EVA record of 5 1/2 hours.

Upon returning from the Moon landing in 1969, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force, Buzz has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure America's continued leadership in human space exploration.