|22 July 1998
(Washington, DC) -- July 22 -- Dr. Buzz Aldrin, chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Space Society and for the ShareSpace Foundation, issued the following statement today on the death of Freedom 7 and Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard. Dr. Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11 and the second man to set foot on the Moon:
"Alan Shepard was the 'pioneers' pioneer,' the 'pilots' pilot' and the man who opened space for all Americans on May 5, 1961. Who can forget his golfing on the Moon or his wonderful, irrepressible smile? He dedicated himself to exploration and service to the nation. After walking on the Moon, shortly after Neil Armstrong and me, he dedicated himself to others in tangible ways, including the National Space Society and the former Mercury 7 Foundation, and especially to children through the Marshall Space Flight Center's Space Camp for Kids.
The National Space Society, which celebrates 25 years in 1999, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 90 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at <http://www.nss.org/>; a bio on Alan Shepard is available at <http://www.nss.org/html/bog/shepard.html>.
The ShareSpace Foundation is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating commercial space activities and to creating a highly participatory "citizens" space program.