Buzz Lightyear Back on Earth
TO INFINITY… AND BACK!
Buzz Lightyear returned from space on September 11, 2009 aboard space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission, having served as the longest-tenured crew member in space.
In a photo taken September 11, 2009 (see below), the toy Buzz Lightyear is posed in front of space shuttle Discovery on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his International Space Station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on October 2, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
While on the space station, Buzz supported NASA’s education outreach program – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by creating a series of fun educational online outreach programs. To celebrate his return, Disney is partnering with NASA to create a new online educational game and an online mission patch competition for school kids across America. NASA will fly the winning patch into space.
In addition, NASA plans to announce on October 2 the details of a new exciting educational competition that will give students the opportunity to design an experiment for the astronauts on the space station.