Florida Tech and legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin officially launched the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at a signing ceremony on Aug. 27 at the Board of Trustees room on campus. Opened this fall, the Institute promotes the settlement of Mars through research.
Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese said at the ceremony that the Institute and its namesake, who becomes a research professor in the College of Aeronautics, build upon the rich space heritage that is part of Florida Tech’s rich heritage since its founding in 1958 by Jerome Keuper, a scientist at what is now Kennedy Space Center.
“I consider Florida Tech as America’s space university,” Catanese said.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with FIT in my new home state of Florida,” Aldrin said earlier.
As part of this new partnership, The Buzz Aldrin Special Collection and Archives will be established at the university’s Evans library, and will document Aldrin’s life.