The UTC Challenger Center provided the perfect atmosphere to welcome Dr. Buzz Aldrin to campus. The second man to plant his foot on the moon was in Chattanooga to speak at a fundraiser for the Chattanooga Area American Red Cross.
Chancellor Roger Brown, Dr. June Scobee Rogers, Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, introduced Aldrin at the luncheon and hosted the private event at the Challenger Center.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed their Lunar Module on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility and became the first two humans to walk on the moon. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history.
Aldrin was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor amongst over 50 other distinguished awards and medals from the United States and numerous other countries.
Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. To advance his lifelong commitment to venturing outward in space, he founded his rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people.
Aldrin and his wife, Lois, live in Los Angeles.