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Buzz Aldrin

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Fast Facts

  • 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



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