To Infinity and Beyond
Buzz Lightyear returns to outer space with NASA
Ever since he crash landed in Andy’s bedroom over 10 years ago, Buzz Lightyear has dreamed of returning to the stars and on Sunday 31st May, at Kennedy Space Center, he once again went to infinity and beyond.
Standing at an impressive 12 inches, the Space Ranger’s mission will see him spending 7 months on the International Space Station where he will fly in zero gravity, as part of the “Toys in Space” initiative developed by NASA and Disney. The program builds on NASA’s educational goals of encouraging students to pursue studies in science, technology and mathematics subjects.
The Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-124 will travel with seven astronauts to install Kibo’s large Japanese Pressurized Module and the lab’s robotic arm system. For the demanding mission Buzz has opted for his legendary high-tech space suit. The high-pressure, deep-space visor and terillium carbonic alloy wings have adequately prepared him for demand zero gravity.
Buzz’s groundbreaking mission into space also coincides with the launch of his latest debut on Earth in Toy Story Mania! Disney Parks new attraction that opens 31 May at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
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