Buzz Lightyear's Out-of-This-World 'Toy Story' Told by Boy's Space Patch

Buzz Lightyear's Out-of-This-World 'Toy Story' Told by Boy's Space Patch
Buzz Lightyear at Disney World in Florida poses with Adam Carr, 11, and the patch that Carr designed for the space ranger's real trip into space. (Image credit: Disney)

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Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for and co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.