Aldrin, Edwin E., Jr. (1930-), a United States astronaut. He was the second human being, after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on the moon. As members of the Apollo 11 crew, he and Armstrong landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Aldrin had previously participated in the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. He wrote Return to Earth (1973) about his experiences.
“Buzz” Aldrin was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1951 and became an Air Force fighter pilot, serving in Korea in 1953. He received a graduate degree in astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. Aldrin retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1972 and entered private business. In 1998, he founded a nonprofit organization, the ShareSpace Foundation, which promotes interest in space travel. Aldrin wrote two memoirs, "Return to Earth" (1973) and "Magnificent Desolation" (2009).