As a young man, Buzz Aldrin enjoyed collecting rocks as a hobby. As an adult, Buzz Aldrin continued to collect rocks from the surface of the moon. In between the childhood and adult rock-collecting, the second man to set foot on Earth's nearest neighboring satellite had to learn many things and deal with several setbacks. Aldrin tells his story in his kid-friendly book, Reaching for the Moon. One of those setbacks included initially being denied entry into the astronaut training program but if he had quit then, he would never have made the voyage of a lifetime to the moon's "magnificent desolation." He probably also wouldn't have completed his design for a permanent space station, nor ever designed reusable rockets. All of his achievements as a pilot, an astronaut and an inventor stem from that initial curiosity about this world and his never-say-quit attitude. Aldrin signs copies of his book from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Saint Louis Science Center's Center Stage (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org). Bring the kids and meet one of America's great explorers, or just bring your own sense of childlike wonder. Admission is free.
Thu., April 27