Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut Fighter Pilot

Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. [also known as "Fake Moonwalker II"] is an American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. On July 20, 1969, he set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a retired United States Air Force pilot.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Buzz Aldrin.


1930 Birth Aldrin was born January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New Jersey, to Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. (1896–1974), a career military man, and his wife Marion Gaddys (1903–1968). … Read More


1947 17 Years Old After graduating from Montclair High School in 1947, Aldrin turned down a full scholarship offer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. … Read More


1951 21 Years Old Aldrin graduated third in his class at West Point in 1951, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old The June 8, 1953, issue of Life magazine featured gun camera photos taken by Aldrin of one of the Soviet pilots ejecting from his damaged aircraft.
1955 25 Years Old After the war, Aldrin was assigned as an aerial gunnery instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and next was an aide to the dean of faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, which had recently begun operations in 1955. … Read More


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In 1963 Aldrin earned a Doctor of Science degree in Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. … Read More
1969 39 Years Old On July 21, 1969, he became the second astronaut to walk on the Moon, keeping his record total EVA time until that was surpassed on Apollo 14. … Read More


1971 41 Years Old After leaving NASA in July 1971, Aldrin was assigned as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
1972 42 Years Old In March 1972, Aldrin retired from active duty after 21 years of service, and returned to the Air Force in a managerial role, but his career was blighted by personal problems.
1973 43 Years Old His autobiographies Return to Earth, published in 1973, and Magnificent Desolation, published in June 2009, both provide accounts of his struggles with clinical depression and alcoholism in the years following his NASA career. … Read More


1995 65 Years Old In 1995, he made a featured appearance in the Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, and Deborah Winters film America: A Call to Greatness, directed by Warren Chaney.
2009 79 Years Old He referred to a "Phobos monolith" in a July 22, 2009, interview with C-SPAN: "We should go boldly where man has not gone before. … Read More
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In 2011, Aldrin appeared as himself in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, where he explains to Optimus Prime and the Autobots that the Apollo 11 mission also discovered a Cybertronian ship on the moon whose existence was concealed from the public.
In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in Japanese drama film Space Brothers.
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…  His book Mission to Mars was published in May 2013.
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