Buzz Aldrin Facts for Kids
- Name: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin
- Born: January 20th, 1930
- Died: Alive today
- Education: U.S. Military Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: Gemini 12 and Apollo 11
19 Buzz Aldrin Facts for Kids
- Buzz Aldrin was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Buzz Aldrin was 1 of 14 people selected to join NASA in the 1963 NASA Astronaut Group 3.
- Buzz Aldrin was born on Monday, January 20th, 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA.
- Buzz Aldrin was the son of Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. and Marion Aldrin.
- Buzz Aldrin graduated from West Point in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
- Buzz Aldrin has been married to three different women.
- Buzz Aldrin was married to Joan Ann Archer between 1954 and 1975, Beverly Van Zile between 1975 and 1978 and Lois Driggs Cannon between 1988 and 2012.
- Buzz Aldrin and Joan Ann Archer had three children together, two sons and one daughter.
- Buzz Aldrin is best known for being the 2nd person to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
- Buzz Aldrin was a part of two human spaceflight missions, Gemini 12 and Apollo 14.
- The Gemini 12 mission was the last crewed spaceflight mission of Project Gemini.
- The Apollo 11 mission was the first human spaceflight mission to successfully land a man on the moon.
- Buzz Aldrin spent a total of 12 days, 1 hour and 53 minutes in Space.
- Buzz Aldrin completed 4 (Extravehicular activity) while in space.
- Buzz Aldrin spent a total of 7 hours and 52 minutes doing EVAs.
- The highest rank Buzz Aldrin achieved in the United States Air Force was Colonel.
- Buzz Aldrin received several awards throughout his lifetime, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- Buzz Aldrin continues to advocate space exploration and in 2013 wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times supporting a manned mission to Mars.
- In 2016, Buzz Aldrin was the oldest person to visit the South Pole in Antarctica at the age of 86.
Buzz Aldrin Pictures
A photo of Buzz Aldrin in the offical crew photo for Apollo 11 (far right).
A photo of Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon during Apollo 11.
A photo of Buzz Aldrin after he returned from the Gemini 12 mission (far left).
Additional Resources to Research Buzz Aldrin
- Biography of Buzz Aldrin – A detailed biography of Buzz Aldrin and his life.
- About Buzz Aldrin – Discover who Buzz Aldrin was and what he did in space on the NASA website.
- Buzz Aldrin – Britannica – Learn more about Buzz Aldrin and his achievements on the Britannica website.