Meet: Buzz Aldrin
When one thinks of pioneering,
historic moments in space, the name Buzz Aldrin immediately comes to mind.
In fact, many of you witnessed Buzz and Neil Armstrong take the very first
human steps on the moon during the 1969 Apollo XI trip. It's no wonder
that when asked about moon walking, Buzz Aldrin can easily answer, "Been
there, done that."
As a West Point graduate, Buzz flew Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions
in the Korean conflict. After earning a Doctorate in Astronautics from
the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his techniques
were used on all NASA missions. During the 1960s, Buzz's contributions
to and participation in NASA's programs were groundbreaking.
Buzz then took his success with the space program and shared it with
the world. An international goodwill tour earned him the highest government
honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, thus establishing Buzz as a
true ambassador of space.
On Valentine's Day 1988, Buzz married Lois Driggs Cannon of Phoenix,
Arizona. She is a Stanford graduate and active community leader in Southern
California where they now reside. Their combined family is composed of
six grown children and one grandson. Their leisure time is spent exploring
the deep sea world of scuba diving and skiing the mountain tops of Sun
Upon retiring from his
position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base,
Buzz has played an active role in space exploration. He created "The Cycler,"
a spacecraft system which makes perpetual orbits between Earth and Mars.
In 1993, he received a patent for his permanent space station. As past
chairman of the National Space Society, Buzz still develops future space
programs and space education.
Now Buzz, as Starcraft Enterprises, the name of his private space endeavors,
is lecturing and traveling throughout the world to pursue and discuss
his and others' latest concepts and ideas for exploring the universe.
He is a leading voice in charting the course of future space efforts from
Whether diving in the depths of the ocean or rocketing through space,
Buzz has spent his life breaking old boundaries so that future generations
will know no limits.