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 
Astronauts are not superhuman. They lead ordinary lives and have varied personalities.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
America must dream again, and have the faith to achieve the dream.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A mind concerned about danger is a clouded mind. It's paralyzing.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was motivated to improve the U.S. strategy of going back to the moon in 1985. That's a long time ago. Going back to the moon would be a great achievement for tourism adventure flights.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You need propellants to accelerate toward Mars, then to decelerate at Mars, again to re-accelerate from Mars to Earth, and finally to decelerate back at Earth. Accordingly, the mass of these required propellants, in short, drives our need for innovative launch vehicles.More Buzz Aldrin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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