- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is scheduled to speak at Wofford College about his historic moon walk and his vision for exploring Mars.

Aldrin’s speech is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. It’s free and open to the public.

Aldrin is a native of Montclair, N.J., and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He was selected by NASA in 1963 for the third group of astronauts and was the first with a doctorate.

The docking techniques he devised for spacecraft in orbit were critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs and are used today.

On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on the moon.


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