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87-Year-Old Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Makes His Modeling Debut
Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969--the second man to ever do so (after Neil Armstrong). Fast forward to present day. It's the year 2017 and the iconic 87-year-old former astronaut came out of retirement to walk ... in Nick Graham's fall/winter 2017 menswear show.
To be more precise, he moonwalked--and did it to the deafening sound of cheers and applause and against a backdrop of real moving imagery of Mars inside N.Y.C.'s Skylight Clarkson studios.
"This collection is influenced by Apollo 11--all the silver, it's what guys are going to look like on Mars in 30 years," designer Nick Graham says prior to the show. "I just love space, and the last show I did was in Havana, so for this one, I was like, 'How far can we go?' and Mars is 35 million miles away depending on the day of the week."
In the years since he walked on the moon, Buzz Aldrin has become an advocate for space exploration and technology, calling for renewed U.S. investment in the space program. In Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, Aldrin lays out a detailed, multi-stage plan for journeying to the red planet that would culminate in the first permanent human settlement beyond the Earth.
Smithonian.com: President Kennedy famously announced in 1961 that we should send a man to the moon by the end of that decade. Do you think we need a similar declaration in order to kick start the Mars mission?
Buzz Aldrin: That is my goal. A leader on Earth who makes such a commitment will go down in history more than Alexander the Great, Queen Isabella or almost anyone. The 50th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11 through Apollo 17, between 2019 and 2022, should be a very significant time period for the leader of a country on Earth to make a commitment for human beings to establish permanence on another planet in the solar system....
(Sources: Smithonian.com, msn Lifestyles)