Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin[Ol´drin] Pronunciation Key (Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.), 1930–, American astronaut, b. Montclair, N.J. After graduating from West Point (1951), Aldrin joined the U.S. air force and flew 66 combat missions during the Korean War. His doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (1963) on orbital mechanics laid the foundation for flight techniques employed later in the lunar landing program. In 1966 he was selected as an astronaut by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Aldrin was the prime pilot of Gemini 12 (Nov. 11–15, 1966), a 59-revolution flight that brought the Gemini space program to a successful close; his 5 1/2-hour space walk established a record for extravehicular activity at that time and proved that a person could function in the weightless vacuum of space. As the lunar module pilot of Apollo 11 (June 16–24, 1969) Aldrin made the first lunar landing with Neil Armstrong, and on June 20 became the second person (after Armstrong) to walk on the moon.After retiring from NASA, Aldrin served (1971–72) as commandant of the Aerospace Research Pilots' School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 to enter private business and to lecture and consult on space exploration.Source: reference.allrefer.com 
I didn't start skiing until I was 50. My wife Lois taught me how to ski. I'm proficiently conservative.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
During the divorce process, I lived alone and tended to get extremely down on myself.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nobody ever asks who was the seventh person on the Moon. The only thing they know is who's number one and who's number two. Does anybody know who the last man was?More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I grew up in New Jersey and never went up the Statue of Liberty.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think the people who experienced the Apollo missions came away from that experience wondering to themselves, 'When can we get a chance to experience spaceflight?' I've heard that many, many times: that people got into a new career field hoping that they would be able to experience spaceflight.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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