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  • Mother's maiden name was Marion Moon.
  • Played center on the 1946 Montclair High School football team, which won the New Jersey State Championship.
  • Got the nickname "buzzer" from one of his sisters as a child; legally changed his first name to Buzz in 1988.
  • Flew 66 combat missions during the Korean War.
  • Logged nearly 300 hours in space, including more than two hours on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.
  • Has written a number of books, including multiple novels, autobiographies, children's books and a nonfiction account of the Apollo 11 mission.
  • Recorded a humorous rap song titled "Rocket Experience" in 2009.
  • The second oldest person---after actor Cloris Leachman---to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
  • Holds three patents for rocket and spacecraft schematics.


  • Beverly Van Ziles — Ex-wife
  • James Michael Aldrin — Son
  • Marion Moon — Mother
  • Joan Archer — Ex-wife
  • Lois Driggs — Ex-wife
  • Fay Ann — Sister
  • Madeline — Sister
  • Janice Rose Aldrin Schuss — Daughter
  • Andrew John Aldrin — Son
  • Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. — Father


  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (BA in Mechanical Engineering, 1951); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (PhD in Astronautics, 1963)

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  • Birth Name: Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
  • Birth Place: Montclair, NJ
  • Birthday: January 20, 1930, Capricorn
  • Profession: Astronaut, Fighter pilot, Mechanical engineer, Author

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