Isabel Lara, 202-633-2374, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Mullen, 202-633-2376, email@example.com
WHAT: Buzz Lightyear donation
WHEN: Thursday, March 29 noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue S.W.
WHO: J.R. "Jack" Dailey, museum director
Lori Garver, deputy administrator, NASA
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and creator of Buzz Lightyear
The National Air and Space Museum will receive a Buzz Lightyear action figure that traveled in space along with educational material related to its mission.
The Buzz Lightyear figure, lightened and sealed by NASA for spaceflight safety and weight concerns, flew into space aboard STS-124 on Discovery, and returned from space aboard STS-128, also aboard Discovery. In the meantime, the figure was used by the astronauts of ISS Expeditions 18, 19 and 20 to perform educational demonstrations—and, occasionally, to have a little fun on the side.