By Suzanna Caldwell | Jan 25, 2013


Buzz Aldrin was the second person to set foot on the moon, and Friday he went toe-to-toe with Alaska middle, high school and college students, encouraging them to doggedly follow their dreams through the pursuit of science.


They even outlined Aldrin’s feet on the floor of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program building at the University of Alaska Anchorage before Aldrin answered questions from the students -- who had gathered in Anchorage from Fairbanks, the Matanuska Valley and even Bethel.


While Aldrin spoke of the need for determination to succeed, questions from the students -- who ranged from middle school up to university level -- still focused on Aldrin’s moon mission, showing that almost 50 years later the desire to explore remains strong. Aldrin, the lunar module pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, followed commander Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface.


What are moon rocks like? Rough. Did he see a UFO? Probably not. Does he look at the moon differently now? A little bit, but he's not quite exactly sure where the Apollo mission landed by just viewing the moon.


Aldrin also took questions on how his mechanical engineering background helped shape him as an astronaut. Aldrin said it offered him perspective on the mechanics on flight, an important element in manning a spacecraft.


“I understood all mechanical things that needed to happen,” Aldrin told the crowd. “Otherwise, it could get kind of messy.”


Talking engineering was fitting, given the venue. Michael Bourdukofsky, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program chief operations officer, said that the program, which focuses on science and engineering education for Alaska Native students, has grown from one student in 1995 to more than 1,000 middle, high school, college and alumni students today.


Bourdukofsky said having someone like Adrin speak to students offers a real-life perspective on how students who follow their dreams can succeed.


“It really helps reassure them in pursuing an engineering goal,” he said.


Contact Suzanna Caldwell at suzanna(at)



Other Popular Articles
Order by: 
Per page: 
  • There are no comments yet
The Social Network Buzz - Comment using your Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo! account
The Black Vault Owner/Operator
01.26.2013 (583 days ago)
Main UFOs
0 Subscribers
All News by Administrator
Share This Article
0 votes
Related News
What some UFO researchers are calling another "laughable" explanation of the UFO phenomenon, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tweeted that all UFO cases in the 1950s were explainable
Main UFOs
59 days ago · From Administrator
Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island's lunar landscapes.
Main Space
92 days ago · From Administrator
It has been 25 years to the day since a live interview with a shadowy guy named "Dennis" changed everything for America's most secret military base.
Main UFOs
109 days ago · From Administrator
With Nato forces withdrawing from the badlands of Afghanistan, the country's people need all the help they can get to keep extremists from once again seizing power.
Main UFOs
115 days ago · From Administrator
Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) employ a fixed wing design like that of a traditional plane.
117 days ago · From Administrator
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin mum on whether he saw a UFO