Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (left) was honored with NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award Saturday evening at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. A career Air Force officer, he also flew on the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. Kevin Petersen (right), director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, represented NASA at the ceremony. The award consists of a lunar rock collected from the Sea of Tranquility where he and Neil Armstrong landed their lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. The lunar sample will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. - NASA/JPL photo by Reggie Hardine
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