|Picture of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon, in the Apollo 11 mission.|
In his 1973 autobiography titled "Return to Earth" Aldrin reflects on his historical life, childhood, his descent into alcoholism and mental illness, and being manipulated by the government. "I was idly discussing books I had read as a youngster when I remembered there had been a period of fascination with science fiction. Then I remembered one story about a voyage to the moon during which a great deal of trouble was encountered and once the moon had been reached the space travelers departed for earth, returning home insane. It had given me nightmares as a youngster, and had secured an odd corner in my psychic life. Ironically, I would end up going on the first voyage to the moon and that corner of my psychic life would come right along me, stirred to frightened life but unable to present itself in my consciousness until the insistent prodding of a psychiatrist unearthed it."
Buzz Aldrin was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. in Montclair, New Jersey on January 20, 1930. He is an American pilot and astronaut who was the pilot of the Lunar Module during the first lunar landing mission. Strangely, his mother's name is Marion Moon, she was the daughter of an army chaplain. His father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was an aviation pioneer and a student of rocket developer Robert Goddard. Buzz Aldrin graduated from West Point United States Military Academy with honors in 1951, third in his class, with a major in Science.
He flew Sabre jet fighters in 66 combat missions in the Korean Conflict. According to his web-site, he shoot down two Mig-15's during his time as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War. Later, he was appointed an aide to the dean of faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. There, he flew F-100's as a flight commander at Bittburg, Germany.
After the Korean Conflict he continued his education, earned a doctorate in astronautics from Cambridge's MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology) in Manned Space Rendezvous before joining the NASA astronaut corps in October of 1963. On November 11, 1966, Aldrin flew on the Gemini 12 space mission.
During his career at NASA, Buzz Aldrin had received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the United States, and numerous other awards from a number of other countries.
Apollo 11 Command Module
On July 20th, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in the geographical area known as the Sea of Tranquility in a space mission otherwise known as Apollo 11. They were the first two people to walk on the moon. The live broadcast transmitted back to Earth was the largest worldwide event in the history of television.
His efforts and contributions in space research were implemented by NASA in all of the space missions, which includes the first space docking with the Russian Cosmonauts. Buzz Aldrin founded the rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and a non-profit organization the ShareSpace Foundation which focuses on space tourism.
Although his real name is Edwin Eugene Aldrin, (Jr.), he is most known as "Buzz" Aldrin. He got this nickname from his baby sister who called him "buzzer", trying to pronounce the word "brother". In 1988, he legally changed his name to Buzz.
Buzz Aldrin lives with his wife, Lois, in Los Angeles, California.
Buzz Aldrin in Popular Culture
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Buzz aldrin's race into space Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space (BARIS) is a space simulation and strategy game for the PC, designed by Fritz Bronner and published by Interplay in 1992.
Buzz Aldrin punches a guy in the face Buzz Aldrin punches Bart Winfield Sibrel for calling him a coward and a liar.
Buzz Aldrin Quotes
Buzz Aldrin appeared in a 2003 interview with Ali G in the British comedy series "Ali G in da USA". During the interview Ali G referred to him as Buzz Lightyear and asked him if he thought man would ever walk on the sun.
His last name Aldrin is sometimes mistakenly misspelled as Aldring. To learn more about the man who has walked on the moon, visit the official Buzz Aldrin web-site at www.buzzaldrin.com
Buzz Aldrin GI Joe Collectible Action Figure
Buzz Aldrin GI Joe Collectible Action Figure
Watch Buzz Aldrin videos
Buzz Aldrin on Channel7 talking about his experience flying to and walking on the moon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYgCrljR6SA&feature=related
NASA: on-board activities, videos of Buzz Aldrin and the Apollo 11 Mission crew. http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/apollo/apollo11/html/onboard.html