Buzz Aldrin

American astronaut

Dr. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., retired Colonel (born January 20, 1930) is an American pilot and astronaut. He was one of the Apollo 11 astronauts and the second person to have ever walked on the moon.

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

(1930-01-20) January 20, 1930 (age 91)
Other namesDr. Rendezvous
EducationBlume High School
Alma mater
Known forSecond man on the Moon
  • Joan Ann Archer
    (m. 1954; div. 1974)
  • Beverly Van Zile
    (m. 1975; div. 1978)
  • Lois Driggs Cannon
    (m. 1988; div. 2012)
  • 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
Total EVA time
7 hours and 52 minutes
Mission insignia
Gemini 12 insignia.png Apollo 11 insignia.png
RetirementJuly 1, 1971
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Early lifeEdit

Aldrin was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. 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.From his earlier activity as a fighter pilot in the Korean War he won several medals, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.

Apollo 11 missionEdit

Aldrin was the second person in history to set foot on the Moon (after Neil Armstrong, during the Apollo 11 mission).

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

He was 39 when he set foot on the moon.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. After the death of Michael Collins in 2021, Aldrin became the last surviving member of the Apollo 11 crew.

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.


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