Grab the kids and camera, Buzz Aldrin lands in St. Paul this weekend


Three NASA astronauts – including legendary moonwalking pioneer Buzz Aldrin – will be in St. Paul Saturday to meet fans and sign autographs at the Downtown St. Paul Airport.

Aldrin will appear along with retired NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt and Minnesota-native and astronaut Karen Nyberg. Nyberg, from Vining in Otter Tail County three hours northwest of the Twin Cities, became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008.

Organizers say the Go BOLDLY Expo aims to showcase recent innovations in space flight, science and technology, and promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

And this isn't the only space-centric thing going on over the weekend.

NASA says you’ll also be able to see the International Space Station in the sky above Minnesota from now until Friday May 9, 2014.

The International Space Station is the biggest orbiting outpost ever built and can sometimes be seen from Earth with the naked eye. It consists of more than a dozen modules built by the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency.

Aldrin and Schmitt are also scheduled to appear Friday night at the Founding Flyers Gala: From Minnesota to the Moon - Golden Wings Flying Museum, Anoka County – Blaine Airport. More information.

The Go BOLDLY Expo event on Saturday is free and family- friendly. Go to for your free admission ticket.


– Dr. Buzz Aldrin (first moon landing), NASA astronaut, USAF pilot, author and exploration advocate

– Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt (last moon landing), NASA astronaut, geologist/professor, U.S. Senator and author

– Dr. Karen Nyberg (Minnesota native recently returned from the International Space Station).


– Presentations from Buzz Aldrin, Harrison Schmitt and Karen Nyberg (meet and greet opportunities available)

– Book-signings

– Aircraft displays and information about learning to fly.

– U of M Apparel Design students will present the wearable technologies they’ve designed for space. The students will also showcase the experiment they'll be flying on a NASA reduced-gravity plane this summer.

– Food trucks


Saturday, April 26

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Downtown St. Paul Airport

750 Bayfield Road

St. Paul, Minn.

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