May 29, 2008 – Buzz Lightyear Will Fly on the Space Shuttle Discovery
“An eighth space ranger won’t have a seat at all. In fact, he will be packed tight inside a box and won’t even get to enjoy the ride up. But it’s nothing veteran spaceman Buzz Lightyear can’t overcome.”
On May 29, 2008, NASA formally announced that a new member would be joining the crew of the space shuttle Discovery: a 12-inch tall figure of Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. Part of a joint effort between NASA and Disney Parks, Buzz was chosen to help encourage and foster an interest in children the studies of science, technology, and mathematics. The partnership also features an online program called Space Ranger Education Series, which helps teach kids more about the math and science behind space exploration. The Discovery launched into space on May 31.