Buzz Lightyear donation

Media Advisory

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 1:15pm

Media Inquiries

Isabel Lara, 202-633-2374,
Brian Mullen, 202-633-2376,

Public Inquiries


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. 

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  • Buzz Lightyear at the Launch Pad
  • Buzz Lightyear at the International Space Station

    Video screen capture of Buzz Lightyear on the ISS with the fish that don't require a fish bowl.