In a new book from National Geographic, celebrated astronaut and best-selling author Buzz Aldrin reflects on a lifetime of adventures and achievements and what he has learned through it all. In NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1649-7; on sale April 5, 2016; $22.00; hardcover), Aldrin shares little-known stories with New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham and highlights 13 principles that have shaped and guided his eventful life.
Aldrin’s principles range from “laugh…a lot” to “write your own epitaph” and, while he speaks intimately and from the heart, his disarming candor permeates each lesson. “Once you’ve been first, it cannot be done again — not by you, not by anyone else,” he writes — and muses in his irreverent way about how it has felt to be known as the second man on the moon.
In an interview, Aldrin can discuss never-before-told stories, including:
- How he used persistence to hitch a ride on Air Force One with President Barack Obama and visit the White House for the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11.
- His thoughts on the letter President Richard Nixon would have read if Apollo 11 had been unsuccessful and didn’t return from the moon.
- His wild ride on a whale shark while on a scuba diving trip in the Galapagos Islands for his 80th birthday.
- How he battled recurring bouts of depression and alcoholism.
- How he took the first selfie in space during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966.
- His time as a fighter pilot in Korea and his friendship with U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, who was his wingman.
NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH provides a window into Aldrin’s extraordinary. “Always keep some exciting new adventure on your bucket list,” Aldrin writes. “I’m living proof that no dream is too high!”
About the Authors
Buzz Aldrin, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctoral degree in astronautics and, at age 86, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels and two children’s books.
Ken Abraham is best known for his collaborations with celebrities and high-profile public figures including John Ashcroft, Bob Dole, Chuck Norris and George Foreman. Fourteen of those titles have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. He coauthored Buzz Aldrin’s memoir “Magnificent Desolation.”
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