Buzz Aldrin is the famed American astronaut who became the second man to land on the moon on July 20, 1969. He set foot on moon 9 minutes after Neil Armstrong. He was an engineer by training, and a United States Air Force pilot, before being chosen for the Moon mission.
Although he was the second person on the moon, he became the first person to urinate while on the Moon. Even after decades of the Moon mission, he continues to promote space exploration and appears in talk-shows and events.
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Buzz Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His father Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. was a retired military man. His mother’s name was Marion Aldrin. Both his parents later committed suicide at different points of time, which made Aldrin explain his depressions as genetic. His original full name was Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. Much later, he changed his first name to Buzz in 1988. Buzz is the short form of Buzzer, which was his nickname in childhood.
He graduated from Montclair High School in 1947. He then joined the United States Military Academy, and then went on to join the US Air Force.
Aldrin has been married three times. Aldrin married Joan Archer in 1954 and has three children from her; son James and Andrew, and a daughter Janice. They divorced in 1974. The very next year he married Beverly Van Zile. This marriage lasted until 1978. His third marriage took place in 1988 and was with Lois Driggs Cannon. This was his longest-married spell and lasted 24 years. He and Cannon were divorced in 2012 amidst much controversy.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 20 January 1930, Buzz Aldrin is 90 years old as of today’s date 9th December 2020. His height is 1.78 m tall, and weight is 75 kg.
In 1951, Aldrin graduated from the Military Academy with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned in the US Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant.
Aldrin was on active duty during the Korean War as a fighter pilot. After the war, Aldrin reported at the US Air Force Academy as an instructor.
In 1955, he graduated from the Squadron Officer School at Air Force Base at Maxell. In 1959 he joined the Air Force Institute of Technology; as a graduate student. In 1963, he got an Sc.D. degree in astronautics from the M.I.T. His doctoral thesis was on the Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques. This was very relevant for manned orbital rendezvous in space.
He was assigned to the Air Force Space Division. In October 1963, he was selected as an astronaut by NASA. He was confirmed as a pilot on Gemini 12. Aldrin set a record for extravehicular activity (EVA), proving that astronauts could work outside spacecraft in space.
On July 20, 1969, history was made with the Apollo-11 mission, when Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second people to walk on the Moon.
In July 1971, Aldrin left NASA. He was then made the Commandant of the US Air Force Test Pilot School from where he retired in March 1972, after 21 years of active duty.
After retirement, Aldrin continued to speak promoting for the cause of space exploration. He also proposed a special spacecraft trajectory, the Aldrin cycler, for spacecraft travel to Mars, which required less rocket fuel.
He created a game called Buzz Aldrin’s Race Into Space in 1993. In 2009, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Aldrin helped create a rap single and video, Rocket Experience. This was in collaboration with Snoop Dogg and others, through his foundation ShareSpace.
Aldrin has given voice to The Simpsons episode Deep Space Homer, and the Futurama episode, titled Cold Warriors. In 2011, Aldrin played himself in the blockbuster movie Transformers – Dark of the Moon
In 2012, he appeared in a Japanese film Space Brothers; in the Big Bang Theory episode, The Holographic Excitation; and gave his voice to a video game called Mass Effect 3.
In 2016, at the age of 86, Aldrin visited the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, to become the oldest person ever to reach the South Pole.
Awards & Achievement
Buzz Aldrin has won numerous awards and honours. For his contribution as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 11, he was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal in 1969. He is also a recipient of Legion of Merit for the Gemini and Apollo programs.
In 1972, he was awarded a second Distinguished Service Medal, an oak leaf cluster for his role in both the Korean War and in the space program.
In his honour, the crater on the Moon near the Apollo 11 landing site and Asteroid 6470, have been named Aldrin.
He has been awarded honorary doctorates from six universities.
Aldrin has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to the film and television industry.
He has also authored two autobiographies, Return to Earth, published in 1973; and Magnificent Desolation, published in 2009.
Net Worth & Salary of Buzz Aldrin in 2020
Buzz Aldrin’s finances were in the news when he divorced his wife Lois Driggs Cannon in 2012. He had to pay half of the $475,000 in his bank account, besides other assets. He also agreed to pay 30 per cent of his annual income of about $600,000. In 2014, Aldrin sold his 2.87 million Westwood condominium.
As of December 2020, The current Net Worth of Buzz Aldrin is estimated to be around $14 million.
Buzz Aldrin became the second human being on the surface of the moon. This, in itself, is a great achievement. Even after this, and later his retirement from the NASA and US Air Force he continued to volunteer for the cause of space exploration. He has a zest for living and has demonstrated to all that age is just a number. Buzz Aldrin has shown that the sky is not the limit.