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Dr. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., retired Colonel (born January 20, 1930) is an American pilot and astronaut. He was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was the second person in history to set foot on the Moon (after Neil Armstrong, during the Apollo 11 mission).

Buzz Aldrin
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Aldrin in July 1969
Born
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.

(1930-01-20) January 20, 1930 (age 89)
ResidenceCincinnati, Ohio, US
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDr. Rendezvous
EducationBlume High School
Alma mater
Occupation
Known forSecond man on the Moon
Spouse(s)
  • Joan Ann Archer
    (m. 1954; div. 1974)
  • Beverly Van Zile
    (m. 1975; div. 1978)
  • Lois Driggs Cannon
    (m. 1988; div. 2012)
Children3
Parents
  • Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. (father)
  • Marion Aldrin (née Moon) (mother)
Space carrer
Space career
NASA astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, United States Air Force
Time in space
12 days, 1 hour and 53 minutes
SelectionNASA Astronaut Group 3
Total EVAs
4
Total EVA time
7 hours and 52 minutes
Missions
Mission insignia
Gemini 12 insignia.png Apollo 11 insignia.png
RetirementJuly 1, 1971
Websitewww.buzzaldrin.com
Signature
Buzz Aldrin Autograph.svg

The Lunar Lander Module landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969.[1]

He was 39 when he set foot on the moon. He earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the military academy West Point in 1951. After graduate and postgraduate studies, he received a ScD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1963. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. From his earlier activity as a fighter pilot in the Korean War he won several medals, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.

Later lifeEdit

Aldrin left NASA in March 1972. He has been married three times: to Joan Archer, to Beverly Zile, and to his current wife, Lois Driggs Cannon. He had three children with Joan, named James, Janice and Andrew. He married Cannon on Valentine's Day, 1988. He is the oldest contestant on the television series Dancing with the Stars. He competed in 2010.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham: (2009) "Magnificent Desolation", Random House Publishers, p. 26