Aldrin skips Space Center gala amid feud with his children

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The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala is held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The event kicked off a yearlong celebration of the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, and featured a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony and an […]

(AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin skipped a gala to kick off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his foundation is a sponsor.
   

The Apollo Celebration Gala took place Saturday evening under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center. Aldrin’s nonprofit ShareSpace Foundation is one of the sponsors of the event that raises money for education initiatives and scholarships.
   

Aldrin’s absence comes about a month after he sued two of his adult children and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards and slandering him. Andrew and Jan Aldrin were at the gala.
   

The sold-out event also featured Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, as well as former astronauts Walt Cunningham, Harrison Schmitt, Rusty Schweickart and Tom Stafford.

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