Buzz Aldrin to be feted at RomaFictionFest

World premiere of telepic "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11"

ROME -- Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be a special guest of honor at the third RomaFictionFest, Rome's international television fiction festival, the event's organizers said Wednesday.

The unlikely guest will be on hand for the world premiere of the History Channel's TV movie "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11," directed by Richard Dale. Aldrin was one of the three astronauts on the Apollo 11 flight, along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

The screening will take place on the festival's opening night, July 6 -- exactly two weeks shy of the 40th anniversary of the date Apollo 11 became the first flight to land on the moon.

The festival concludes July 11.