Buzz Aldrin : biography
Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., January 20, 1930) is an American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. On July 21, 1969, he set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a retired United States Air Force pilot.
Criticism of NASA’s 2003 return-to-moon objectives
In December 2003, Aldrin published an opinion piece in The New York Times criticizing NASA’s objectives. In it, he voiced concern about NASA’s development of a spacecraft "limited to transporting four astronauts at a time with little or no cargo carrying capability" and declared the goal of sending astronauts back to the Moon was "more like reaching for past glory than striving for new triumphs".
In popular culture
Aldrin has been portrayed by:
- Cliff Robertson in Return to Earth (1976)
- Himself in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
- Himself in The Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer" (1994)
- Larry Williams in Apollo 13 (1995)
- Xander Berkeley in Apollo 11 (1996)
- Bryan Cranston in From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)
- Himself in the Numb3rs episode Killer Chat (2006)
- James Marsters in Moonshot (2009)
- Himself and John Anderson in the 30 Rock episode, "The Moms" (2010)
- Mariano Etcheverry in Apollo 11, un pas en fals? (2010)
- Nicolás Gutiérrez in Shoot for the Moon (2011)
- Himself and Cory Tucker in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
- Himself in Futurama (2011)
- Himself in Space Brothers (2012)
- Ken Arnold in Men in Black 3 (2012)
- Hugh Davidson (voice) in the Mad episode, "Garfield of Dreams / I Hate My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (2012)
- Paul-Henri Campbell poetry book Space Race features a complete cycle on the Apollo program and a five-part piece on Buzz Aldrin. (2012)
- Himself in season 6, episode 5 of The Big Bang Theory, in a video clip Raj sends to Howard (2012)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus series 2, episode 4 (episode 17 overall), was entitled "The Buzz Aldrin Show (or: An Apology)" and aired October 20, 1970. Aldrin is referred to in dialogue, and the closing credits scroll over his NASA portrait.
Pixar character Buzz Lightyear’s name was inspired by Aldrin. Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers.Clip published on Toy Story 10th Anniversary DVD. Aldrin did not receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name. Note: nytimes.com print-view software lists the article date as June 21, 2009; main article webpage shows June 15.
In 2010, Aldrin was chosen to be a contestant on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars. His professional partner was Ashly Costa who returned to the show for the first time since Season 3. They came in 10th place.
Buzz Aldrin voiced a minor character, the Stargazer, in the epilogue scene of Mass Effect 3.
Jarle Bernhoft named a song after Aldrin in his sophomore album, Solidarity Breaks, in 2010.
In 2012 on the episode S06E05 (The Holographic Excitation) of the Big Bang Theory Series Buzz Aldrin appeared as an old astronaut in the end of the episode
Books co-authored by Aldrin include Return to Earth (1973), Men From Earth (1989), Reaching for the Moon (2005), Look to the Stars (2009) and Magnificent Desolation (2009). He has also co-authored with John Barnes the science fiction novels Encounter with Tiber (1996) and The Return (2000). His book Mission to Mars was published in May 2013.