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Buzz Aldrin Biography

Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission
Picture of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon, in the Apollo 11 mission.
Ask Buzz Aldrin: "What is it like to walk on the planet with the same name as your mother's maiden name?" He might just have an answer. Buzz Aldrin has led a fascinating life, being one of the first people to walk on the surface of the moon, but not the first (that was the Apollo 11 mission commander, Niel Armstrong).

He is a man of passion for what he does and has achieved many things people can only dream about. The man has a sense of humor, too. When being interviewed by Channel7, he was asked how it was decided that Niel Armstrong was the first person to come out of the space craft, "Buzz, did you flip a coin or something?". To which Dr. Aldrin replies, "Well, you know, if you toss a coin up in space, it never returns".

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
Apollo 11 Command Module
Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 11

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.


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Buzz Aldrin Quotes

  • "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
  • Upon stepping foot on the moon, Buzz remarked to Houston: "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation."
  • "We've got to go [back to the moon]. But we don't want to stay too long. ... The ultimate goal is Mars."
  • "I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime."
  • "The achievements of Apollo were so bold and our subsequent efforts so timid that the energy of those years seems like a youthful dream."
  • "For every winner, there's a loser. And that person didn't really need to lose. They just didn't understand the game plan."
  • "I was an outsider. I was the egghead from academia who got in because the rules had changed. While I looked for validation from my fellow contemporaries, I instead found jealousy and envy. I did not find team spirit. This led to dissatisfaction, an unease."
  • "There's a need for accepting responsibility - for a person's life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education."
  • "Between those two we need gradual increases of complexity and achievements to keep the public interest, to keep the funding, to keep the political support going. We've gone to the Moon, we've stopped doing that; now commercial people are doing it. Who knows? Maybe we will get technology from other sources; something I have written about in my days of writing science fiction."
  • "We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all over the world and spend all of our resources looking at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean. Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies and move forward in an evolutionary way."
  • Additional Information

    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

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    Watch Buzz Aldrin videos

    Buzz Aldrin talks about the 'UFO encounter' which the Apollo 11 crew observed on their way to the moon. YouTube video:

    Buzz Aldrin on Channel7 talking about his experience flying to and walking on the moon.

    NASA: on-board activities, videos of Buzz Aldrin and the Apollo 11 Mission crew.

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