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To infinity and Carnarvon for US Astronaut

27 June 2012
FLYING across the world is adventurous enough for some, but for astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a trip to Australia has been a long time coming.

This proud member of the first lunar landing mission spent the past weekend in WA for the Space Festival, officially opening the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum.

Local Primary and Secondary students welcomed Buzz and his team at the airport, before enjoying a Q&A session at the festival.

East Carnarvon Primary School was involved with the event, with Deputy Principal Gail Thomason hosting the student question session.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Buzz come and visit Carnarvon, and even more so to have him talk so enthusiastically with our students,” she said.

Buzz had plenty of stories to share with the audience, most of which were tales from his Moon exploration on the Apollo 11 in 1969.

“This past term we’ve been gearing up for the opening of the space centre,” said Gail.

“Our students had so many questions about his first impressions out in space, and his arrival has just brought about a whole new vibe about town.”

Several schools participated in the question session, with Carnarvon Primary School, Shark Bay School and Onslow Primary School making the journey to take part.

Students from Carnarvon Senior High School were also involved with catering the Cosmic Cocktail Party for the festival over the weekend.

The opening of the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum is said to be an interactive and hands on experience for visiting students, with the venue now housing the official materials from the 1969 space exploration.

Photo: Buzz Aldrin arrives to a full audience; taking questions from a lucky East Carnarvon Primary School student.

Page last updated 12 July 2012

To infinity and Carnarvon for US Astronaut