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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to speak at Clinton Center

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Astronaut and all-around American hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin — the second human being to step foot on the moon — is coming to the Clinton Presidential Center on Aug. 14 for a free talk about his new book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration." Aldrin will share the podium with Leonard David, the co-author of the book. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m. Afterwards, Aldrin will sign books. Seats are limited, and will go fast. If you're interested, RSVP to publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or call 501.683.5239.

Aldrin was a badass in the days before there was a word for it. A combat fighter pilot during the Korean War with two confirmed kills, Aldrin was accepted for astronaut training by NASA in 1963. Once there, Aldrin pioneered underwater buoyancy training to simulate zero gravity, and performed the first spacewalk in 1966 during Gemini 12. On July 20,1969, he was the second man down the ladder after Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind."

A word of warning, though: even though Buzz is getting on in years, you'll probably want to leave your tinfoil hat at home. As seen in this video, Aldrin famously punched out a conspiracy theorist who ambushed him outside a hotel and claimed the moon landing was a hoax before calling Aldrin a liar and a coward. Lesson: A guy with the stones it takes to strap himself to a Wile E. Coyote-grade rocket and get blasted into the cold vacuum of space probably shouldn't be first on your list to call a coward.

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