May 31, 2005

BUZZ ALDRIN has a new children’s book out, and the reason why makes sense:

Thanks to video games, TV shows and movies such as ”Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” that are loaded with special effects, today’s children don’t have a realistic impression of space or space travel, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the men who planted the U.S. flag on the moon.

But, he adds, it’s not the kids’ fault. Those working in the fields of math, science and engineering — the people who were inspired by the accomplishments of Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and others during the space exploration boom of the 1960s and ’70s — haven’t reached out enough to capture the youngsters’ interest, he says.

Buzz and I were on the National Space Society board back in the 1990s, and I was very impressed with his commitment to this kind of thing.