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9/1/09 Fullerton, CA - Buzz Aldrin to be keynote speaker for Hope International University's Annual Celebrate Hope Dinner at Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa

Photo - Dr. Buzz AldrinAstronaut, explorer, scientist, and American hero, Dr. Buzz Aldrin will be the keynote speaker for Hope International University's annual "Celebrate Hope" dinner held at Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, CA. The event will take place on Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.

On July 20, 1969, Dr. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moon walk, thus becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history.

Since retiring from NASA, the USAF, and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin founded his rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people.

Dr. Aldrin continues to share his vision for the future of space travel with today's youth by authoring his first illustrated children's book "Reaching for the Moon" (Harper Collins, 2005) and two space novels: "The Return" (Forge Books, 2000) and "Encounter with Tiber: (Warner Books, 1996). He has also authored an autobiography, "Return to Earth" (Random House, 1973) and the bestseller historical documentary, "Men from Earth" (Bantam, 1989) describing his trip to the moon and his unique perspective of America's space program. His latest book, "Magnificent Desolation" (Harmony, 2009), is a New York Times bestseller and is an autobiographical account of his trip to the moon as well as a glimpse into the battles he faced and overcame in his personal life.

Now Dr. Aldrin actively promotes his new Rocket Hero brand through his company StarBuzz Enterprises LLC, works on bringing space tourism to the public through his non-profit ShareSpace Foundation; and lectures and travels throughout the world to pursue and share his latest concepts and ideas for exploring the universe. He is a leading voice in charting the course of future space efforts from Planet Earth.

Tickets may be purchased through the University’s website at: www.hiu.edu/celebrate2009 .

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