Colonel Buzz Aldrin Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D. (Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired)
NASA Astronaut (former)

Born January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New Jersey. Two sons, one daughter. Married to the former Lois Driggs Cannon of Phoenix. Their combined family is comprised of six grown children and one grandson.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey; received a bachelor of science degree in 1951 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating third in his class; and a doctorate of science in Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. His thesis was "Guidance for Manned Orbital Rendezvous." Aldrin has honorary degrees from six colleges and universities.

SPECIAL HONORS: Aldrin has received numerous decorations and awards, including the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 1969, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, and the Harmon International Trophy in 1967.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Aldrin was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963.

On November 11, 1966, he and command pilot James Lovell were launched into space in the Gemini 12 spacecraft on a 4-day flight, which brought the Gemini program to a successful close. Aldrin established a new record for extravehicular activity (EVA), spending 5-1/2 hours outside the spacecraft.

He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, the first manned lunar landing mission. Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, completing a 2-hour and 15 minute lunar EVA.

In July 1971, Aldrin resigned from NASA. Aldrin has logged 289 hours and 53 minutes in space, of which, 7 hours and 52 minutes were spent in EVA.

EXPERIENCE: Prior to joining NASA, Aldrin flew 66 combat missions in F-86's while on duty in Korea. At Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, he served as an aerial gunnery instructor. Following his assignment as aide to the dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Aldrin flew F-100's as a flight commander at Bitburg, Germany. He went on to receive a doctorate at MIT, and was then assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems Division, Los Angeles. In March 1972, Aldrin retired from Air Force active duty, after 21 years of service. As a USAF jet fighter pilot during the Korean War, he shot down two MIG 15 aircraft.

Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as commander of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1972, he authored an autobiography, "Return to Earth". Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration to advance his life-long commitment to venturing outward in space.

In addition, he lectures throughout the world on his unique perspective of America's future in space. He has just authored a book about the Apollo Program titled "Men from Earth".

Dr. Aldrin is President of Starcraft Enterprise, Laguna Beach, California.

Film Credits | show moreshow less
2008 Fly Me to the Moon 3D (in person), 2007-2008 Nova (Other), 2003 The Truth Behind the Moon Landings: Stranger Than Fiction (in person), 1989 Later with Bob Costas (in person), 2012 Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon (in person), 2000 The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards (in person), 1986 Na sowas! (in person), 2013 America's Book of Secrets (Other), 2013 The Frost Interview (in person), 2010-2012 Ancient Aliens (in person), 2002 Die Akte Apollo (Other), 2003 Sea of Silence (Other), 2013 The Nerdist (in person), 1996 Apollo 11 (Performer), 1996 Apollo 11 (Other), 2011 National Memorial Day Parade (in person), 2011 BMW:Activate the Future (in person), 2010 30 Rock (in person), 2010 The Bonnie Hunt Show (in person), 2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 (in person), 2009 Hannity (in person), 1994-2009 Today (in person), 2008 Wisdom (in person), 2008 New Heroes of Comedy (in person), 2006 CNN Future Summit: World in Motion (in person), 2006 Apollo 11: The Untold Story (in person), 2005 Did We Go (in person), 2001 The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (in person), 2000 Space Detectives (in person), 1999 Moonshot - the Spirit of 69 (in person), 1994 Good Morning America (in person), 1994 The Simpsons (in person), 1989 Head of the Class (in person), 1987 Biography (in person), 1970 The 12th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (in person), 1969 Kuustudio (in person), 2005-2006 60 Minutes (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 2002 Superstructures of America (Other), 1999 The Planets (Other), 1997 Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (Other), 2013 The Big Brain Theory (in person), 2013 Last Call with Carson Daly (in person), 2009 The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club (in person), 2009 40 Years on the Moon (Other), 1993 The Tribute: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Skylab (in person), 1989 The 34th Annual Thalians Ball (in person), 1989 The Pat Sajak Show (in person), 1976 I, Tintin (Other), 2012 Mass Effect 3 (Performer), 2011 Let Lorenzo (Performer), 1990 Fire, Ice & Dynamite (Performer), 1985 The Fall Guy (Performer), 1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (Performer), 2012 One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute (in person), 2012 Icon News (in person), 2010 Top Gear USA (in person), 2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (in person), 2010 Moonbug (in person), 2008-2009 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (in person), 2009 Die Johannes B. Kerner Show (in person), 2008 Moon Machines (in person), 2007 Howard Stern on Demand (in person), 2006 Numb3rs (in person), 2004 Tout le monde en parle (in person), 2003 Da Ali G Show (in person), 2003 Project Gemini: A Bridge to the Moon (in person), 2001 Korean War Stories (in person), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (in person), 1999 Recess (in person), 1996 Destination: Mars (in person), 1995 The Frank Skinner Show (in person), 1986 Punky Brewster (in person), 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards (in person), 1973 This Week (in person), 1972 V.I.P.-Schaukel (in person), 1970 Moonwalk One (in person), 2007 Tank on the Moon (Other), 2003 Failure Is Not an Option (Other), 1989 For All Mankind (Other), 2013 Conan (in person), 2009 The Price Is Right (in person), 2010 Live with Kelly and Michael (in person), 2009 Reaching Tranquility: The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar (in person), 2013 Marie (in person), 2010 WWF Raw (in person), 2011 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Other), 2013 Horizon (Other), 2007 The Wonder of It All (Other), 1996 The Cape (Other), 1976 Return to Earth (Writer), 2012 The Big Bang Theory (in person), 2008-2012 The Colbert Report (in person), 2011 Futurama (in person), 2011 The Traveler's Guide to Life (in person), 2010 Top Chef (in person), 2010 Dancing with the Stars (in person), 2010 Live for the Moment (in person), 2009 The Third Foot An Interview with Buzz Aldrin (in person), 2008 Naked Science (in person), 2007 Secrets of the Moon Landings (in person), 2007 The Wonder of It All (in person), 2007 Eye on Entertainment (in person), 2007 Happy Hour (in person), 2006 Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon (in person), 2005 74th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (in person), 2005 Sesame Street (in person), 2005 What Goes Up (in person), 2004 Modern Marvels (in person), 2002 Dark Side of the Moon (in person), 1996-2000 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (in person), 1999 Odyssey of Survival (in person), 1999 The Century: America's Time (in person), 1998 Style & Substance (in person), 1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (in person), 1996 Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (in person), 1994 Moon Shot (in person), 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (in person), 1990 The Other Side of the Moon (in person), 1976 Break the Bank (in person), 2012 Here I Stand (Other), 2006 E! True Hollywood Story (Other), 2003 Days That Shook the World (Other), 2000 The Dish (Other), 1989 The Moon Above, the Earth Below (Other), 2005 2005 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards (in person), 2013 Hawking (in person), 1999 L'odyssée de la survie (in person), 1994 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2000 What Happened on the Moon - An Investigation Into Apollo (Other), 2013 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (in person), 2010 America: The Story of Us (in person), 2006 In the Cutz (in person), 1997 Was It Only a Paper Moon (Other), 2007 Mars Rising (in person), 2007 Tavis Smiley (in person), 2007 Larry King Live (in person), 2007 In the Shadow of the Moon (in person), 2005 Movies That Shook the World (in person), 2005 The Shot That Shook the World (in person), 2005 First on the Moon: The Untold Story (in person), 2005 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (in person), 2001 2001 World Awards (in person), 1997 Trekkies (in person), 1996 Jeopardy! (in person), 2009 The 23rd Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards (Other), 2009 Apollo Zero (Other), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Other), 2007 Mars Rising (Other), 2003 Unsere Besten (Other), 1995-2000 The Simpsons (Other), 2012 Space Brothers (Performer), 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Performer), 2002 The Holmes Show (Performer), 2012 Happening Now (in person), 2010 Entertainment Tonight (in person), 2010 When the World Breaks (in person), 2009 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (in person), 2009 Moonshot (in person), 2009 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards (in person), 2009 The Apollo Years (in person)

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