The Moon Walk has certainly received its fair share of dance floor tributes these past few weeks. But on Monday night the fashion crowd gathered to pay homage to a different moon walk — the actual outer space one, whose 40th anniversary is on July 20th.
A crowd of singers and TV starlets including Estelle, Cassie and Jessica Szohr were on hand for the bash, which was hosted by Louis Vuitton and held appropriately at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space.
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But the real stars of the evening were Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin, the astronauts behind the historic Apollo 13 and Apollo 11 missions. (Lovell and Aldrin currently appear along with fellow space traveler Sally Ride in Vuitton’s core values campaign.) Together, the former colleagues delivered a moving speech on the momentous mission that Aldrin described as, “the high point of my life.”
Of course, most in the crowd were too young to remember it. And Estelle, for one, didn’t seem to mind.
“Space travel is not for me,” said the singer.”Too many things can go wrong between lift-off and landing. I’m better on the ground.”
One guest not on the fence about space travel was Lance Bass, who actually trained for a mission in 2002 before plans eventually fell through.
“I wanted to go to learn and explore,” said the former boy bander. “I didn’t want to go to just float around.”