Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin


1/20/1930, Glen Ridge, NJ, U.S.A.

Birth Name

Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.



Also Known As

Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., Ph.D, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr, Edwin Aldrin, Buzz Aldrin, Edwin Aldrin
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Born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr on January 20 1930 in Glen Ridge, NJ, "Buzz" is most famous for being the second person to walk on the moon. In 1988 he legally changed his first name to "Buzz" Buzz graduated from Montclair High School, then on to West Point,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • After the Apollo 11 landing, Neil Armstrong described the lunar surface as "magnificent." Buzz replied, "Magnificent desolation." In 2005, an IMAX film about walking on the moon was entitled Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D.

    • Bryan Cranston played him in the miniseries From The Earth To The Moon.

    • He spent 12 days, 1 hour and 52 minutes in space. 7 hours and 52 minutes of that time time was on extra-vehicular activities (most notably the Apollo 11 moon walk).

    • He wrote an autobiography called Return To Earth.

    • A crater on the moon near the Apollo 11 landing site is named after him.

    • He is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the Apollo 11 mission.

    • Larry Williams played him in the 1995 film Apollo 13.

    • Before he went to the moon on Apollo 11, he was on the backup crew for Apollo 8 (the first flight to orbit the moon).

    • Buzz stands 5ft 10in tall.

    • He has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

    • He spoke at the 2005 National Book Festival, held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    • He wrote a children's book, "Reaching for the Moon," which made the NY Times Bestseller List for children's picture books.

  • Quotes

    • Buzz Aldrin: Astronauts are not superhuman. They lead ordinary lives and have varied personalities.

    • Buzz Aldrin :We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all over the world and spend all of our resources looking at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean. Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies and move forward in an evolutionary way.

    • Buzz Aldrin: Mars is there, waiting to be reached.