Buzz Aldrin is best known for being the first human to land on the moon, along with Neil Armstrong. Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force, the former astronaut and fighter pilot remains at the forefront of efforts to make sure America's leadership in human space exploration continues. Buzz Aldrin's expertise is unmatched and subsequently, he has received three US patents for his rocket systems and schematics.
Even from his early days, Buzz lived an exciting life, graduating from the US Military Academy and joining the AirForce where he’d fly F86 Sabre Jets in combat missions in Korea and shoot down MIG-15’s. Following this he then earned his doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and was selected by NASA in 1963, becoming the first astronaut with a doctorate.
In 1966 Buzz set a new EVA record of 5.5 hours when he performed the world's first successful spacewalk on the Gemini 12 orbital mission overcoming all prior difficulties experienced. 1969 was a year that made history when Buzz and Neil set foot on another world, they spent 21 hours on the lunar surface returning with 46 pounds of moon rocks and becoming the first two humans on the moon. This special moment was witnessed by 600 million people which was the largest worldwide television audience.
There's no doubt Aldrin has lived a remarkable career which has gained him many awards over the years and achieved him honorary degrees from six colleges and universities. Buzz appears in four different halls of fame for his contributions from the International Space Hall of Fame in 1982 to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000. Aldrin has made an exceptional mark on history and was told “You've won a place alongside Christopher Columbus in American history" he was then bestowed the highest honour, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Award.
Buzz continues to keep space at the forefront of minds and influence the younger generations with his New York Times bestsellers: Reaching for the Moon and Look to the Stars. He inspires readers worldwide with his New York Times best-selling autobiography, Magnificent Desolation. Furthermore, he has also authored two space science-fact-fiction novels.
Buzz Aldrin can offer as a truly one of a kind after dinner speaker. Having witnessed more than most can imagine, Buzz can provide an insightful talk. He’s a man with passion and this shows as he explores his personal experiences and space development while captivating every type of audience.