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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will Premiere His New Book: "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration"

From: Dr. Nicola S.
Sent on: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:20 PM

Hello SoCal Science Cafe members,

My name is Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, and I am the Programs Chair of the Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section of a professional society for engineers who work on building airplanes, satellites, and rockets. The name of the organization is the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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It's the technology built by aerospace engineers that takes us across the country or the world to see relatives for family occasions, to go on vacations, to use our cell phones, and to allow us to explore and define our role in the Universe. Part of how we, as a civilization, have done that and can continue to do that, is to allow human beings to actually step foot on other worlds, such as the Moon and Mars.


I want to invite you to join us on Wednesday May 15th and meet one of the men who has actually had the privilege to go to another celestial body -- the Moon -- during the Apollo missions of the late 60's and early 70's. I am talking about Buzz Aldrin, who, besides being an astronaut is also a Ph.D. space exploration advocate, much like Stephen Hawking or Carl Sagan. He'll be there to premiere and sign his new book, "Mission to Mars," which he says is about what the plan might look like for getting humans to the red planet. He'll be joined by another author, Francis French. Francis will also be presenting and signing his own best-selling books.


Now, I am aware that SoCal Science Cafe members hail from all around the SoCal region and our Section of AIAA serves primarily the Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas. Some of you might be thinking, "Why should I care about this event?" Because you're going to meet history, in the form of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Because it’s a great homeschooling opportunity for your kids. It's also an event that if you send your kids and yourself to, perhaps your kids' science educator might give your kids extra credit if they come and then perhaps write a report on it. Check with your child's science educator.


Also, as an added plus, there will be dinner served, and we are giving a special deal to the SoCal Science Café members. SoCal Science Café members will attend at the same AIAA discounted rate (it’s a $10 discount!). Please register online in advance to reserve your meal ( The cut-off time to reserve your meal is Tuesday May 14th at 2:30 pm. If you prefer to pay for your meal at the door, then please contact me at[masked] or [address removed] before Tuesday May 14th 2:30 pm and let me know what your meal selection is between chicken, salmon, and vegetarian.  If you just want to come to hear the presentations and have your chance to meet Buzz Aldrin, you can just pay directly at the door.

So please come join us!

Online Meal Reservation:


Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade
AIAA Los Angeles Liaison
SoCal Science Café
Programs Chair
Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section,
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


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