National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Ph.D.
(Colonel, USAF, Retired) Former NASA Astronaut
Born January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New
Jersey. Two sons, one daughter. Married to the former Lois Driggs Cannon of
Phoenix. Their combined family is comprised of six grown children and one
Graduated from Montclair High School,
Montclair, New Jersey; received a bachelor of science degree in 1951 from the
United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating third in his
class; and a doctorate of science in Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, Cambridge. His thesis was "Guidance for Manned Orbital
Rendezvous." Aldrin has honorary degrees from six colleges and
- Aldrin has received numerous
decorations and awards, including the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 1969,
the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, and the
Harmon International Trophy in 1967.
- Aldrin was one of the third group of
astronauts named by NASA in October 1963.
On November 11, 1966, he and command pilot James Lovell were launched into space
in the Gemini 12 spacecraft on a 4-day flight, which brought the Gemini program
to a successful close. Aldrin established a new record for extravehicular
activity (EVA), spending 5-1/2 hours outside the spacecraft.
He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, the first
manned lunar landing mission. Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong onto the lunar
surface on July 20, 1969, completing a 2-hour and 15 minute lunar EVA.
In July 1971, Aldrin resigned from NASA. Aldrin has logged 289 hours and 53
minutes in space, of which, 7 hours and 52 minutes were spent in EVA.
- Prior to joining NASA, Aldrin flew 66
combat missions in F-86's while on duty in Korea. At Nellis Air Force Base,
Nevada, he served as an aerial gunnery instructor. Following his assignment as
aide to the dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Aldrin flew F-100's as a
flight commander at Bitburg, Germany. He went on to receive a doctorate at MIT,
and was then assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems
Division, Los Angeles. In March 1972, Aldrin retired from Air Force active duty,
after 21 years of service. As a USAF jet fighter pilot during the Korean War, he
shot down two MIG 15 aircraft.
Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as commander of the
USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1972, he authored an
autobiography, "Return to Earth". Aldrin has remained at the forefront
of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space
exploration to advance his life-long commitment to venturing outward in space.
In addition, he lectures throughout the world on his unique perspective of
America's future in space. He has just authored a book about the Apollo Program
titled "Men from Earth".
Dr. Aldrin is President of Starcraft Enterprise, Laguna Beach, California.
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