|Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin,
second man to walk on
Born January 20, 1930,
in Montclair, New Jersey
Married Joan Archer
Children James, Janice, and
Married Beverly Zile
Married Lois Driggs
Cannon on February 14, 1988
High School Montclair
High School (graduated 1947)
Bachelor of Science United States
Military Academy at West Point (1951; third in
Doctorate of Science in Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1963)
Entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951.
Flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabre jets
while on duty in Korea, as part of the 51st
Shot down two MIG-15s.
Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Served as an aerial gunnery instructor at
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Served as aide to the dean of faculty at the
Air Force Academy.
Flew F-100's as a flight commander at Bitburg,
Assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the
Air Force Space Systems Division, Los Angeles.
Commanded the USAF Test Pilot School at
Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Retired from active duty, with the rank of
Colonel, in March 1972.
Selected as one of the third group of
astronauts in October 1963.
The first astronaut with a doctorate.
Was put in charge of creating docking and
rendezvous techniques for spacecraft. He also
pioneered underwater training techniques to
XII, with command pilot James Lovell, November
Established a new record for extravehicular
activity of 5½ hours.
Used his rendezvous abilities to manually
recalculate all the docking maneuvers on the
flight, after the on-board radar failed.
Took a photograph of himself in space (at right).
Member of the back-up crew for Apollo VIII.
as lunar module pilot on the Apollo XI
mission, July 16-24, 1969.
Armstrong onto the Moon.
Spent a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes on
surface outside of lander.
Resigned in July 1971, having spent 289 hours
and 53 minutes in space, including 7 hours and 52
minutes in EVA.
Commandant of the Aerospace Research Pilot
School at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Founded the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit
organization to promote the expansion of manned
space travel, in 1998.
President of Starcraft Enterprise, Laguna
Awards and Honors
Robert J. Collier Trophy (1967)
Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy (1967)
Harmon International Trophy (1967)
Presidential Medal for Freedom (1969)
Return to Earth (autobiography, 1973)
Men from Earth (1989)
Reaching for the Moon (2005)
Look to the Stars (2009)
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home
from the Moon (autobiography, 2009)
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man
Who Walked on the Moon (2016)
Aldrin was first called
"Buzzer" by his little sister, who had
trouble pronouncing "brother." His
family shortened the nickname to
"Buzz," and he had his first name
legally changed to Buzz in 1988.
Astronaut Biographies http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/aldrin-b.html
Robert J. Collier Trophy
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