TO INFINITY… AND BACK: Buzz Lightyear Returns from Space to a Homecoming Parade at the Magic Kingdom

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TO INFINITY... AND BACK:  Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses Oct. 2, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom with the 12-inch-tall Buzz Lightyear toy that spent 15 months in space onboard the International Space Station (ISS).  Disney Parks and NASA sent the Buzz Lightyear toy into space in 2008 as part of an educational initiative to encourage students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

TO INFINITY… AND BACK: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses Oct. 2, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with the 12-inch-tall Buzz Lightyear toy that spent 15 months in space onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Aldrin and the space ranger toy were joined Oct. 2, 2009 by ISS Expedition 18 astronaut Michael Fincke in a celebratory “homecoming” parade in front of thousands of guests at the Walt Disney World theme park. Disney Parks and NASA sent the Buzz Lightyear toy into space in 2008 as part of an educational initiative to encourage students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The toy returned to earth Sept. 11, 2009 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)