Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J.
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J.Courtesy of Buzz Aldrin
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J.
As children, Aldrin's little sister mispronounced the word 'brother' as 'buzzer'. The nickname stuck, and his family shortened it to Buzz. Aldrin would later have his name legally changed to Buzz in 1988.
Aldrin played center for Montclair High School's football team which went undefeated in 1946.
Aldrin attended college at West Point, graduating third in his class in 1951.
Aldrin married his first wife, Joan Archer on Dec. 29, 1954.
In 1951, Aldrin joined the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He would go on to fly F-86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions during Korean War.
Aldrin left the Air Force to earn a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Post-graduation in October of 1963, he was chosen by NASA to be part of the third group of astronauts who would pioneer space flight.
American astronauts Buzz Aldrin (in blue) Charles Bassett (top, in blue), and Theodore Freeman ( in orange) experience weightlessness in a reduced gravity aircraft as part of their NASA mission training in 1964.
Buzz Aldrin, Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps a picture of himself during a spacewalk in November 1966. Credit: NASA
Buzz Pole Vaults
the apollo 11 crew walks to the van to take them to the launch pad (CK)
Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin on board the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 lunar landing missionon July 20, 1969.
Space Exploration. Apollo 11. pic: circa 25th July 1969. U.S. President Richard Nixon applauds the Apollo 11 astronauts, l-r, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin who are confined in the quarantine trailer. Apollo 11 with it's crew Neil Armstro
Buzz Aldrin
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, speaks to a reporter in front of the Saturn 5 Aft End, the F-1 rocket engines of the first stage of the Apollo 11/Saturn 5 launch vehicle, Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in Washington. The first moon landing marks its 35th year anniversary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
This Oct. 2, 2009 picture provided by Disney shows Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with the 12-inch-tall Buzz Lightyear toy that spent 15 months in space onboard the International Space Station (ISS). (AP Photo/Disney, Garth Vaughan)
Buzz Aldrin,  Barack Obama
10th Steiger Awards in Hattingen
Astronaut Visit
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J.
Courtesy of Buzz Aldrin
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