On this day in 1930, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was born Edwin E. Aldrin in Montclair, New Jersey.
It was no wonder he would grow up to be the second man on the moon ... his mother's name was Marion Moon and his dad Edwin Eugene Alrdin was an aviation pioneer (and a student of rocket developer Robert Goddard).
In October 1963, Aldrin was selected by NASA as one of the third group of astronauts. Three years later he (along with James A. Lovell) took part in the flight of Gemini 12, the 18th manned American space flight.
On July 20, 1969 Aldrin (and Neil Armstrong) made history when they became the first to land on the surface of the Moon.
Aldrin is the inspiration for Toy Story's spaceman action figure Buzz Lightyear!
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