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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Buzz Aldrin

Edwin "Buzz" Eugene Aldrin, Jr.was born on January 20, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey.

His "Buzz”name originated from one of his sisters pronouncing brother as "buzzer," which was later shortened to "Buzz.".Aldrin made it his legal first name in 1988.

"Buzz" Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was “Moon”.

A former US Air Force pilot who flew in the Korean war, Aldrin joined Nasa space agency in 1963.

"Buzz" Aldrin set a then world record in 1966 by walking in space for 5 h 37 min during the Gemini 12 mission.

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin became the first humans to step on the surface of the moon. Aldrin's mother's maiden name was Moon.

Buzz Aldrin's first words on the Moon were "Beautiful view."

After Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, he claimed $34 (£22.50) from Nasa in travel expenses — the cost of his return trip from home.

Buzz Aldrin's mother shot herself before his lunar flight because she didn't know if she could cope with his impending fame. He then fell into depression and alcoholism after his flight.

Buzz Aldrin once punched a conspiracy theorist on the jaw for accusing him of never having landed on the moon.

The Toy Story character  Buzz Lightyear was named after Buzz Aldrin.

Aldrin competed in the reality television series Dancing With The Stars in 2010. He competed well, but was voted off the show after only a few weeks.

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