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Aldrin in July 1969
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.
January 20, 1930
|Other names||Dr. Rendezvous|
|Education||Blume High School|
|Known for||Second man on the Moon|
Dr. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., retired Colonel (born January 20, 1930) is an American pilot and astronaut. He was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was the second person in history to set foot on the Moon (after Neil Armstrong, during the Apollo 11 mission).
The Lunar Lander Module landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
He was 39 when he set foot on the moon. He earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the military academy West Point in 1951. After graduate and postgraduate studies, he received a ScD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1963. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. From his earlier activity as a fighter pilot in the Korean War he won several medals, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
Aldrin left NASA in March 1972. He has been married three times: to Joan Archer, to Beverly Zile, and to his current wife, Lois Driggs Cannon. He had three children with Joan, named James, Janice and Andrew. He married Cannon on Valentine's Day, 1988. He is the oldest contestant on the television series Dancing with the Stars. He competed in 2010.
- Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham: (2009) "Magnificent Desolation", Random House Publishers, p. 26