Forty-eight years after he arrived around the moon, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin folded out a red carpet for that red planet in a star-studded gala in the Kennedy Space Center.

“I love to consider myself being an innovative futurist,” Aldrin told an audience of nearly 400 individuals the Apollo/Saturn V Center. “The programs we’ve at this time are eating up each piece from the budget and it needs to be reduced if we are ever getting anywhere.”

The building blocks also honored former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, the very first African-American lady to visit wide, using the Buzz Aldrin Space Pioneering Award.

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Space memorabilia was auctioned in the gala, including an autographed first day insurance “cover” that fetched $42,500 and travelled to the top of moon. Covers were setup by NASA because insurance providers were unwilling to offer existence insurance to pioneers from the U.S. space program, based on the auction website. Money elevated using their purchase might have compensated to the astronauts’ families in case of their deaths. The covers were issued in limited figures and canceled at the time of launch.

Apollo astronauts Wally Cunningham, Michael Collins and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt became a member of Aldrin, certainly one of 12 individuals to walk around the moon, in the offered-out fundraising event.

Throughout the gala, the ShareSpace Foundation presented Shaun Bezos using the first Buzz Aldrin Space Innovation Award. Bezos, the founding father of Amazon . and also the spaceflight company Blue Origin, is attempting to create the price of space travel lower by reusing rockets.

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