Buzz Aldrin was born in Montclair, NJ on January 20, 1930. His mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain. His father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, an ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an aviation pioneer who later became the Commanding Officer of the Newark Airport in New Jersey. Buzz grew up in New Jersey and after graduating one year early from Montclair High School he was educated at the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15′s, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100′s, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. Click to read more.
Dr. Andrew Aldrin serves as the President of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI) and is an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. BASI is a multidisciplinary institute created to advance space exploration and development toward the goal of establishing and maintaining a permanent human presence on Mars. Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation is the organization within BASI with a focus on K-12 students. Prior to FIT, Dr. Aldrin was President of Moon Express, responsible for day to day operations for the company. Prior to coming to Moon Express, Dr. Aldrin was Director of Business Development and Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance where he oversaw development of corporate strategies, business capture, senior customer relations and advanced program development for civil space markets. Before ULA, Dr. Aldrin headed Business Development and Advanced Programs for Boeing’s NASA Systems, and Launch Services business units. He has also served as a Resident Consultant at the RAND Corporation and Professional Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Aldrin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, an MBA from TRIUM, a MA in Science Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a MA in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at International Space University and has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston and California State University at Long Beach.
Jim Christensen, Executive Director
Jim Christensen serves as the Executive Director of the Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching as a middle school science teacher in 1995. As an Iowa Area Education Agency consultant he created the Mars Base Project and AstroVIP programs that used video conference technology to connect students to experts and each other as the students developed their own ideas related to space flight and Mars exploration. In order to improve the level of science teaching for elementary and middle school students, Jim established a science materials center that partnered with schools to provide hands-on science kits for classrooms across northwest Iowa. Jim worked as a part of the Teaching From Space Program at Johnson Space Center to create the procedures and conduct the first Spaceflight Education Opportunity, a video conference, between the crew of the International Space Station and students in classrooms. He has served as an advisor for multiple experiments that have flown in microgravity aboard NASA’s Reduced Gravity Aircraft as well as aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, the International Space Station, and the SpaceX Dragon. Most recently, as Director of Education at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Jim led a team to design the new Astronaut Training Experience and Mars Base 1, immersive experiences of preparing for spaceflight and living and working on Mars. Jim was the first recipient of the Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation’s Annual Education Award in 2017.
Layth Carlson joined Callas & Carlson, a full service business management firm, in 1993 and became a partner in 1999. Prior to this, he worked at City National Bank in the Entertainment Department for five years. Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree (1985) as well as an MBA (1987), both from Loyola Marymount University. Carlson is enrolled to practice by the Internal Revenue Service (1997), and professional associations include the National Society of Enrolled Agents and the California Society of Enrolled Agents. He currently chairs the Palisades-Malibu YMCA and also serves on the board of The Inkwell Theater in Los Angeles. Carlson has worked with Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation since 2011 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015.
Jan Aldrin is an Account Executive at Bruce Hanifan Productions in Ventura, CA. An artist through and through, Aldrin plays an integral part in upholding the Hanifan Production’s mission of providing the highest quality music production services possible to their varied clientele. She has worked with many television networks including DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL, as well as, large and small production companies at all levels in the entertainment industry, providing support for BHP's music scoring services. Aldrin’s specialty is in all aspects of administrative support and promotional development for the business of film and TV music production. Her love for the arts and technology made her a dynamic fit to join in her father’s vision as a Board Member of Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation to promote science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to young people so that they are inspired to reach their full potential in these fields.
Steve Callas founded Callas & Carlson, a full service business management firm, in 1990, after having worked in business management for ten years, including six years at Breslauer Jacobson & Rutman. Mr. Callas earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton (1976), and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (1980). Professional associations include the American Institute of CPA’s and the California Society of CPA’s. Callas joined Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation in 2011.
As Manager and Mission Control Director at Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, LLC (BAE), Christina Korp is directly responsible for managing the Buzz Aldrin Brand and ‘all things Buzz.’ As part of Team Buzz for seven years, she oversees company operations, including all marketing, business development, media, licensing, public relations and public appearances by Dr. Buzz Aldrin. Prior to BAE she was the Operations Director and manager of the Tesh Media Group, owned by TV and Radio personality John Tesh. This encompassed his media company, e-commerce site, record label, radio show and production company where she produced several CD releases and two PBS TV Specials, “Christmas in Positano” and “Worship at Red Rocks”. She project managed and launched “The John Tesh Radio Show,” an internationally syndicated radio show that is now heard in over 300 markets across the globe. Christina was also a featured singer and tour manager of the John Tesh band. She is passionate about helping Buzz Aldrin with his space outreach efforts and has been instrumental in his campaigns to get the mainstream public to care about the space program and specifically Buzz’s Unified Space Vision. As a mom, she is especially interested in getting kids to care about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The Arts aspect of STEAM has a special place in her heart as her life before Buzz was dedicated to the arts. She has been a member of the board of Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation since 2011.