"A masterful array of strategies for exploration by a true space expert and patriot." - Michael Collins, astronaut and command module pilot, Apollo 11
Personally signed by Buzz Aldrin (one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon) and Leonard David
"Mars is there, waiting to be reached." Buzz Aldrin.
A highly sought after autograph. This wonderful collectible has been personally signed by Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, along with the co-author Leonard David, who is known by many as Ad Astra.
National Geographic, May 7, 2013. Washington DC. Buzz Aldrin with Leonard David "Mission to Mars: My Vision For Space Exploration" Signed First Edition. 272 pages. Forward by Andrew Aldrin. Hardcover book with dust-jacket that is not price-clipped still showing $26.00. ISBN-10: 1426210175. Dimensions: 6" x 1.1" x 9". Very Fine condition.
This particular signed copy was obtained from the first book signing event that was held at the Barnes N Noble bookstore in New York City upon the book's release. Includes two original photos from that event. Includes bookseller issued COA.
About "Mission To Mars"
Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it's time to stop what whatever we're doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in Mission to Mars he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there. - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings--Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035.
Foreword by Andrew Aldrin
Chapter 1: The View from Air Force One
Chapter 2: Time for Decision-making
Chapter 3: Your Space: Building the Business Case Chapter 4: Dreams of My Moon
Chapter 5: Voyage to Armageddon
Chapter 6: The March to Mars
Chapter 7: Homesteading the Red Planet
Chapter 8: The Clarion Call
Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.; January 20, 1930) is an American former astronaut, engineer and fighter pilot. He made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission. As the Lunar Module Eagle pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two people to land on the Moon.
Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Aldrin graduated third in the class of 1951 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force, and served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions and shot down two MiG-15 aircraft.
After earning a Doctor of Science degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aldrin was selected as a member of NASA's Astronaut Group 3, making him the first astronaut with a doctoral degree. 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. Three years later, Aldrin set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), nineteen minutes after Armstrong first touched the surface, while command module pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit. A Presbyterian elder, Aldrin became the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon when he privately took communion. Apollo 11 effectively proved US victory in the Space Race, by fulfilling a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy "of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" before the end of the decade.
Leaving NASA in 1971 Aldrin became Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. He retired from the Air Force in 1972, after 21 years of service. His autobiographies Return to Earth (1973), and Magnificent Desolation (2009), recount his struggles with clinical depression and alcoholism in the years after leaving NASA. Aldrin continues to advocate for space exploration, particularly a human mission to Mars, and developed the Aldrin cycler, a special spacecraft trajectory that makes travel to Mars more efficient in terms of time and propellant. He has been accorded numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.
"Colonizing space is essential for the long term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin's book shows us how." -Stephen Hawking
"Buzz Aldrin has been as far from Earth as any human being, and now he's leading the charge to go much farther, to our next epic destination: Mars." - James Cameron
"Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it's time to stop what whatever we're doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in Mission to Mars he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there." -Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Buzz is one of the foremost forward thinkers of our time and this book will be essential reading for those who care about humanity's future in space." - Richard Branson
- National Geographic
- Signed First Edition (double-signed)
- Mission To Mars
- Buzz Aldrin
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- Leonard David