Buzz Aldrin

Editor: Roland Bigornia (Spring 2012)
Buzz Aldrin was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. on January 20, 1930. He is an American who served the US Air Force as a pilot, a mechanical engineer, and most notably known as the second man to walk on the moon, after Neil Armstrong. He flew the Apollo 11 spacecraft in 1969 and landed it on the moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. Aldrin retired after 21 years of service in 1972 and has a non-profit organization, ShareSpace, where he made a rap video along with Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to promote further space exploration. Aldrin has had long battles with depression and alcoholism since leaving NASA and is a member of the Republican Party. The character Buzz Lightyear from Pixar's Toy Story trilogy is named after Buzz Aldrin!

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Buzz Aldrin
Author: Morris Haugen
Last Updated: 2012
Date Reviewed: 14 May 2012
  • About this Site: A site featuring the biography, latest news, articles, video clips, and calendar of events of thee Buzz Aldrin. This site is suitable for all ages. It is easy to navigate your way around to find anything you might want to know about Buzz Aldrin's past, present, and future.

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon

Author: Buzz Aldrin
Publication Date: 1 June 2010
Date Reviewed: 14 May 2012
  • About this Site: This website features a book written by Buzz Aldrin about his journey to the moon and back. The book and website are suitable for all ages. Here is what the cover says:

Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words “magnificent desolation.” And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control’s clearance to take off with the quip, “Roger. Understand. We’re number one on the runway.”

The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero’s story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider’s view of life as one of the superstars of America’s space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials–and eventual triumphs–back on Earth. From the glory of being part of the mission that fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon before the decade was out, Aldrin returned home to an Air Force career stripped of purpose or direction, other than as a public relations tool that NASA put to relentless use in a seemingly nonstop world tour. The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged–the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly, and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him. He burned through two marriages, his Air Force career came to an inglorious end, and he found himself selling cars for a living when he wasn’t drunkenly wrecking them. Redemption came when he finally embraced sobriety, gained the love of a woman, Lois, who would become the great joy of his life, and dedicated himself to being a tireless advocate for the future of space exploration–not only as a scientific endeavor but also as a thriving commercial enterprise.

These days Buzz Aldrin is enjoying life with an enthusiasm that reminds us how far it is possible for a person to travel, literally and figuratively. As an adventure story, a searing memoir of self-destruction and self-renewal, and as a visionary rallying cry to once again set our course for Mars and beyond, Magnificent Desolation is the thoroughly human story of a genuine hero.

From the Hardcover edition.
  • Buzz's journey to the moon on the Apollo 11 is one of the most famous in history. The story leading up to that point, almost everybody knows. However, the story afterwards and what it led to, not everyone does. Aldrin gives his readers a personal testimony of what his life was like as high as he went in space, to his lowest of lows.

The real Buzz Aldrin

Author: Buzz Aldrin, YouTube
Latest Activity: 25 May 2011
Date Reviewed: 15 May 2012

  • About this Site: YouTube is a website suitable for most ages, however some videos contain adult content and need verification of being at least 18 years of age. This is Buzz Aldrin's YouTube channel and here he has many videos of interviews, his foundation ShareSpace, his music video with Snoop Dogg and other artists, and more.
  • One of his videos I found very interesting is his video for the 50th Anniversary when Pres. John F. Kennedy challenged a race to the moon. He highlights the strategies used that were successful in the Apollo 11 space mission and recalls strategies future astronomers should not use for better exploration of space.

Buzz Aldrin Interview: Full ScriptBuzz Aldrin Interview

Author: Matthew Henry, ninemsn
Last Updated: 20 April 2012
Date Reviewed: 15 May 2012

  • About this Site: The site is acceptable for all ages, and easy navigation. The entire interview is all on one page, so only scrolling is necessary. The interview contains questions from people from to Buzz Aldrin about his first experience on the moon. He recalls each moment as if it were yesterday even though it has been close to half a century ago since the Apollo 11 landing, which I find amazing. A moment like that is definitely not one to forget. Buzz Aldrin also gives his input on further exploration of outer space and possible extraterrestrial life forms.

Reaching for the MoonReaching for the Moon: Buzz Aldrin's Book for Kids

Author: Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor
Published: 1 October 2005
Date Reviewed: 15 May 2012

  • About this Site: This is an autobiography book contains many illustrations so it is appealing to children ages 6+. Buzz would like for the future generations to continue to be interested with outer space and spark some sort of excitement in them to explore. The book has been reviewed by many receiving high ratings (4.5 out of 5) for his inspiring stories and education not just for adults, but for kids too. In 2006, he was interviewed by Nick Thomas of The Christian Science Monitor and featured by telling us how he came about to writing his first children's book.

"Buzz, do you have any last words for our audience?
Good luck, best wishes, and ad astra (to the stars)!"
-17 November 1998 Interview with Scholastic students


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