Astronauts and space industry pioneers stress the need for education and inspiration for space exploration at star-studded event at Kennedy Space Center

Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation auctions ultra-rare APOLLO 11 items FLOWN to the Moon at exclusive Apollo 11 Anniversary gala event, raises funds to inspire future astronauts to Red Planet

Florida, USA. July 15, 2017: Dr. Buzz Aldrin tonight rolled out a ‘red carpet for the red planet’ at an exciting event to commemorate 48 years since Apollo 11’s Moon landing, and to countdown to the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary in July, 2019. Held under the historic Apollo Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, the unique event featured rare appearances, speeches and on-stage conversations between some of the most famous US astronauts and space industry innovators.

Aldrin, the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11 and one of only 12 moonwalkers, was joined on stage by Gen. Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11, in a rare public appearance. Other astronauts included Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Harrison ’Jack’ Schmitt (Apollo 17), Mae Jemison (the first African-American woman to travel to space) and Terry Virts (Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot in 2010 who also spent 200 days on the ISS in 2015).


The exclusive star-studded event was held to raise funds for Buzz Aldrin’s non-profit ShareSpace Foundation, which undertakes programs that will drive education and help develop the next generation of space innovators who will lead humanity to future habitation of Mars. It is a vision that Aldrin has been pursuing since he returned from the world-defining Moon Landing in 1969.  “I’ve been planning Mars missions for decades with my Cycling Pathways to Mars concept to create a permanent human settlement on Mars. We left a plaque on the moon that said “We Came in Peace for All Mankind”. That was the spirit of Apollo and the spirit I want to carry on to Mars. Through the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation, we are creating educational pathways through my legacy that will create a pipeline from K-12 all the way up through post graduate level and create the first generation of Martians. With the 50th Anniversary of our first moon landing coming up in 2019, now is the time to remind the world that we can achieve “the impossible” again if we inspire the public through STEAM education.”

The event was held at Kennedy Space Center, the historic launch site of all the Apollo missions which is now the launch site for SpaceX, ULA and the future launch site for Blue Origin.

At the event, Aldrin oversaw the auctioning of some unique auction lots donated from pioneers in the worlds of space, polar and aviation exploration. Highly collectible memorabilia included a First Day Cover signed by all three Apollo 11 Crew members, flown to the surface of the Moon, a signed, framed sample of Kapton foil from the Apollo 11 Command Module, and a signed, boxed OMEGA Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’. Significant funds were raised to inspire and enable future generations to make scientific advancements that will lead to humans living on Mars, $57,838 from a silent auction and $134,950 from the live auction.

A surprise guest was Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and spaceflight company Blue Origin, who accepted the first annual Buzz Aldrin Space Innovation Award. His company has been perfecting reusable rockets and will soon take tourists on sub-orbital flights. Jim Christensen, Director of Education at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, collected the Buzz Aldrin Space Education Award while Mae Jemison accepted the Buzz Aldrin Space Pioneering Award. The glass awards were produced by the Soneva Resorts’ Glass Art Studio in the Maldives.

“This is a wonderful and meaningful honor for me, who as a five-year-old boy watched the Apollo program that inspired me so much,” said Bezos. “What’s holding us back from making the next step is that space travel is too expensive because we throw the rockets away – we need to build reusable rockets – it’s what Blue Origin is dedicated to.”

The Apollo 11 gala event is the first part of an ambitious three-year fund-raising campaign devised by the ShareSpace Foundation, culminating in the summer of 2019 with a wealth of global activities to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing. The foundation is committed to driving education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) by providing unique and inspirational learning tools. In the past year the foundation gifted 100 Giant Mars Maps all over the US and some internationally to schools and education centers, enabling students to discover Mars first hand via an interactive floor map depicting the topography of Mars, as well as the landing locations of NASA’s Mars robots. The Foundation has global ambitions in the coming year.

The event also saw the announcement of a new non-profit called the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation (BASF) to educate aspiring young engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists with the view to creating an educational pathway to Mars. Its President Andrew Aldrin, Dr Aldrin’s son, said: “The Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation welcomes assistance from individuals, corporations and charitable organizations to make each of the the foundation’s programs possible. With their help, we can educate the bright, curious minds of creative space pioneers embarking on the greatest challenge of their lives, fulfilling my father’s plan to create a permanent human settlement on Mars. Somewhere out there tonight is a kid who will be the first human on Mars … and she just doesn’t know it yet.”

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About the ShareSpace Foundation 

The ShareSpace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for S.T.E.A.M. subjects. In 1903 man learned to fly airplanes. Only 66 years later we walked on the moon. In order to help the next generation to make giant leaps, we must Educate, Enable and Inspire. sharespace.org

T-Minus 4 days – Auction is now live!

The 2017 Apollo 11 Anniversary gala is almost here!

The Silent Auction is now LIVE.

Whether you are attending the gala or not, click here to bid for some highly collectible space memorabilia and sensational lots donated by our valued partners.

Some auction lots have flown to the moon, some donated by those who have flown to the moon and some lots may appeal to those who yearn for a life as full as adventure as Buzz. Some are just simply luxurious.

We will continue to add auction lots over the coming week – so watch this space!

If you are interested in the Live Auction lots, you can register here and learn about live auction proxy bidding here. Proxy bid registrations are possible until Saturday 15 July at 05:00 PM.


We hope you are one of the lucky people who will be joining us for this exciting evening along with several Apollo astronauts. Buzz Aldrin will also be joined by astronauts Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Jack Schmitt (Apollo 17), Mae Jemison, Winston Scott and Terry Virts and some surprise VVIP guests! The evening will be unforgettable.

Best wishes from the ShareSpace Foundation team.

About the ShareSpace Foundation
The ShareSpace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for S.T.E.A.M. subjects. In 1903 man learned to fly airplanes. Only 66 years later we walked on the moon. In order to help the next generation to make giant leaps, we must Educate, Enable and Inspire. www.sharespace.org

Auction Announcement

BIG NEWS ABOUT THE APOLLO 11 GALA DINNER 2017!!

SATURDAY JULY 15, 2017
APOLLO SATURN V CENTER
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA, USA

For the very first time there will be a LIVE auction with Exclusive VIP items during the Gala Dinner on July 15th. There are some incredible lots, many with direct relevance to Buzz Aldrin and his exciting life of exploration and adventure.


The live auction, which comprises up to eight lots, will be orchestrated by former Christies’, New York-based commercial and charity auctioneer Charles Antin. Priceless items include extremely rare space-related memorabilia, some from the 1969 mission itself, with many items personally signed by Buzz. Other amazing lots have been donated by our valued partners and sponsors including:


    • An iconic Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
    • An idyllic holiday in the Maldives. Buzz’s favorite place to scuba dive, with a stay at two of Soneva’s luxury resorts.
    • The spectacular silver bomber jacket by designer Nick Graham, worn by Buzz on his catwalk debut at the fall/winter 2017 show.
    • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp and be part of the team attempting to host the world’s highest dinner party too!
    • Apollo 11 memorabilia from Buzz’s personal collection, stay tuned for details to be announced!

    The new silent online auction will have up to an additional 40 exciting lots and will go live on sharespace.org on July 5th, 2017.
    Keep an eye on the website for regular new additions, as not-to-be missed items are being added all the time. In the silent auction bidders could go to a Spicy Vines wine tasting in California, bag a flight in a British Airways Flight simulator and even send a personal pocket spacecraft to the moon! Iconic framed and signed photos from the Apollo 11 mission will also be offered.

    Along with the auction items, as always, the dinner table center pieces will be sold on the night of the gala. Only dinner guests will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase one of the beautiful, limited-edition Mars MOVA globes – amazing eco-friendly, rotating ornaments designed to replicate the surface of Mars – with special bases branded with the Buzz Aldrin and Destination Mars logos.



    All proceeds from the auction benefit Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit education organization whose mission is to inspire children’s passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math – and to equip them to become the next generation of innovators and explorers.

    With limited space, it’s recommended to buy tickets to the gala ASAP! Consider a VIP/Premium booking which includes an official photograph taken under the Saturn V rocket at the beginning of the gala, access to the after-show party at a nearby hotel and a private breakfast the following morning with Buzz Aldrin and other VIP guests. But hurry, tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss out – there is no time to waste!

    Note 1: Telephone bids are also possible, if you let us know in advance (gala@sharespace.org). However sending a representative to bid on your behalf and to be part of what will be a truly unforgettable night is advisable.

    Note 2: The event hotel is only offering a discounted rate for gala guests until the 2nd June. Information is provided once a ticket has been purchased.

    Purchase tickets now from Sharespace.org

    About the ShareSpace Foundation
    The ShareSpace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for S.T.E.A.M. subjects. In 1903 man learned to fly airplanes. Only 66 years later we walked on the moon. In order to help the next generation to make giant leaps, we must Educate, Enable and Inspire. www.sharespace.org

Buzz Aldrin announces a bold campaign to accelerate human habitation of Mars Through his ShareSpace Foundation

Buzz Aldrin announces a bold campaign to accelerate human habitation of Mars

Through his ShareSpace Foundation, a ‘red carpet for the red planet’ Apollo 11 Anniversary gala event will be held at the Kennedy Space Center


Florida, USA. March 2017: Dr Buzz Aldrin has announced an exciting event to commemorate the Apollo 11 anniversary and to bring together global figures in space innovation to raise funds for programs that will drive education and help develop the next generation of space innovators who will lead humanity to future habitation of Mars.

Taking place at the Kennedy Space Center on July 15th 2017, this unique gathering of astronauts, members of the space community, business leaders and global figures is designed to raise funds to inspire and enable future generations to make scientific advancements that will lead to humans living on Mars. It is a vision that Buzz Aldrin has been pursuing since he returned from the world-defining Moon Landing in 1969.

The Apollo 11 gala event is the first part of an ambitious three-year fund-raising campaign devised by the ShareSpace Foundation, culminating in the summer of 2019 with a wealth of global activities to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing.

Dr Buzz Aldrin said: “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, it’s my ultimate ambition to lay the foundations that will inspire and support the next generation to become space pioneers. I passionately believe that we can land people on Mars by 2040. To do this we need to provide our future space pioneers with the right educational tools and motivation and we need the funding to do so. By attending the event, guests are invited to play a historical role in the advancement of mars exploration by sharing our vision and supporting our ambitions.  Humanity needs to explore, to push beyond current limits, just like we did in 1969. I want to do everything I can to lay the groundwork.”

There are only 400 tickets available for this awe-inspiring event hosted at the Kennedy Space Center. A portion of these tickets will be available for purchase by visiting www.sharespace.org. Guests will sit underneath an actual Apollo Saturn V rocket.  Entertainment will take place in the original 1969 firing room and lunar theatre, the scene of many famous space shuttle launch countdowns.

All proceeds from ticket sales and fundraising activities at the Gala Dinner will go to the non-profit space education foundation, ShareSpace. The foundation, established in 2014, is committed to driving education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and by providing unique and inspirational learning tools. Last year the foundation gifted dozens of schools across the United States with Giant Destination Mars Maps, enabling students to discover Mars first hand via an interactive floor map depicting the topography of Mars, as well as the landing locations of NASA’s Mars robots.

The ‘red carpet for the red planet’ event is set to feature a number of unique auction lots – with items that follow Buzz’s incredible life of discovery and which have travelled with him both on and off this planet. It will also feature items donated from pioneers in the worlds of polar, nautical and aviation exploration.

Hosts for the event will be announced later this year.

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About the ShareSpace Foundation
The ShareSpace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for S.T.E.A.M. subjects. In 1903 man learned to fly airplanes. Only 66 years later we walked on the moon. In order to help the next generation to make giant leaps, we must Educate, Enable and Inspire. www.sharespace.org