Having the privilege to attend this event for the first time my initial take-away is the passion that the attendees have for aerospace and human exploration. Many in the room have taken significant risks to explore outer space and those who get them there are on a common mission.
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The Tuesday night Gala was kicked off with the USAF Color Guard from Patrick Air Force Base.
And the Star Spangled Banner sung by Ms. Suzanne ‘Suzy’ Cunningham,Strategy and Integration Manager Communication and Public Engagement, Kennedy Space Center.
Among the 300+ attendees to the keynote by, Dr. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Eugene Aldrin Jr. former Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut and current pioneer and educator, was Robert ‘Bob’ Donald Cabana, Director at Kennedy Space Center and 4-time Space Shuttle Astronaut.
“What you are doing is a lot easier than landing on land” to SpaceX on Drone Ship landings.
Rob Cabana’s quote of the night…”I was working for John Young when I started”!
“Achieving the Impossible and Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars” was the theme for Buss Aldrin’s presentation. This following is a graphic depicting the vision of the Buzz Aldrin Enterprise to occupy Mars.