Buzz Aldrin is an American astronaut, fighter pilot, and a Mechanical Engineer. He was the second person to set foot on the moon. He set foot on the Moon along with the flight commander Neil Armstrong as a part of the Apollo 11 mission, on 21 July 1969. He also went as a member of the crew in Gemini 12 mission. Aldrin later became an author, he has published books including Return to Earth(1973), No Dream Is Too High(2016) and has also worked to develop the space-faring technology.
Buzz Aldrin was Born as ‘Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.’ on 20 January 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His father Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. was a military man and his mother was Marion Aldrin. He has earned the rank of Tenderfoot Scout when he was a Boy Scout. Buzz Aldrin graduated from Montclair High School. He denied a Full Scholarship offer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue his career in the military.
He joined the ‘United States Military Academy’ at West Point, New York. The name “Buzz” originated by his two elder sisters, when they mispronounced brother’ as ‘Buzzer’ and then shortened it to ‘Buzz’. In 1988, He made “Buzz” as his legal first name.
Aldrin graduated third in his class at West Point with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. During the Korean War, he served as a jet fighter pilot as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He shot two Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 aircraft and flew 66 combat missions.
In 1963, He earned a Sc.D. degree in astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before his selection as an astronaut, he was assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force in Los Angeles. In October 1963, Aldrin was selected as one of the members of the 3rd Group of NASA astronauts. In the last Gemini mission, he was confirmed as a pilot on Gemini 12 where he set a record for EVA.
Then he was in the crew of Apollo 11 and made a first lunar landing with Neil Armstrong and became the second person to walk on the moon and also he became the first person to urinate while on the Moon. After his retirement, He appeared in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ episode as Himself and in a Japanese drama film ‘Space Brothers’.
Buzz Aldrin married three times. His first marriage was with Joan Archer lasted from 1954 to 1974, they got a divorce in 1974. He has three children with her who are Andrew, Janice, and James. His second wife was Beverly Zile, they got married in 1975 and divorced soon in 1978. He married for the third time in 1988 to Lois Driggs Cannon, even his third marriage couldn’t last and they divorced in 2012.
He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He received Humanitarian Award in 2003 from ‘Variety, the Children’s Charity’. In the year of 2008, he was inducted into the prestigious New Jersey Hall of Fame. Buzz Aldrin has won many awards and achievements in his lifetime.
How much is Buzz Aldrin Net Worth in 2017
As of 2017, Buzz Aldrin’s net worth is around whopping $13 million US dollars which is higher than typical astronauts and typical USAF pilots. He is not just another celebrity, he will always be the second person ever who set a foot on the moon. Few years ago, he sold his bungalow in Los Angeles for about $3 million dollars.
Aldrin has been served in the United States Air Force and later as an astronaut in NASA. Also, after his retirement, he gave his service in U.S. Airforce Test Pilot School and also appeared in films and television series. His career as an astronaut is nothing less than exceptional. In U.S. Airforce, he is honored with several Awards and is well respected.