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|Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin,
second man to walk on the Moon
Born January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New Jersey
Married Joan Archer
Married Beverly Zile
Married Lois Driggs Cannon on
February 14, 1988
High School Montclair High
School (graduated 1947)
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 Fighter Wing.
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, Germany.
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
Gemini XII, with
command pilot James Lovell, November 11-15, 1966.
Member of the back-up crew for Apollo VIII.
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 Beach, California.
Awards and Honors
Robert J. Collier Trophy (1967)
Return to Earth (autobiography, 1973)
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.
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