Buzz Aldrin Biography

Updated On Oct 11, 2017 Published On Oct 11, 2017
Facts of Buzz Aldrin
Date of Birth: 1930 , January-20
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
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After completing bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Buzz Aldrin commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres and shut down two Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-15 aircraft during that time. 

In 1963, Aldrin was appointed a member of the third group of NASA astronauts and set a record for EVA, demonstrating that astronauts could work outside spacecraft. Initially, he was chosen as the crew of Apollo 11 with commander Neil Armstrong on 20th July 1969 and become the first person to land and step on the moon with Neil Armstrong. 

Moreover, Buzz Aldrin was appointed as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base after leaving NASA in 1971. Thereafter, he published several books, featured in several movies and TV series, a Supported mission to Mars and much more.

Buzz Aldrin earned the wide recognition and fame from his professional career. He was awarded Civilian awards, received Honorary Doctorate of Science from Gustavus Adolphus College, Scandinavia-American Hall of Fame, Humanitarian Award from Variety the Children's Charity, Space Foundation Award, New Jersey Hall of Fame, and much more for his dedication and works. 

Moving towards his personal life, Aldrin had married thrice till date. Firstly, he got married to Joan Archer in 1954. He has three children named James, Janice, and Andrew with his first wife. The couple divorced after 20 years of marital relationship in 1974. 

Afterward, Buzz got married to Beverly Zile in 1975 but their marital relationship lasted only for three years and was divorced in 1978. They don't have any children together. Later, he married Lois Driggs Cannon in 1988. The couple separated 2011 and the divorce was finalized in 2012. He is living single and is unmarried at current.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin earned huge name and fame along with good amount of net worth from his professional career. Being American engineer, former astronaut, a former U.S. Air Force officer, he has several sources of income.

Aldrin had $475,000 bank balance in his account during the time of his divorce and had to pay 50% of his money to his ex-wife as a spousal support. Moreover, he also had to pay 30% of his annual income which is around $600,000 and had to give his 1988 Mercedes to her. After calculation, we can estimate his annual income to be $1.8 million.  

He had $2.87 million house in Westwood condominium which he sold in 2014. Currently, he is living in Satellite Beach, Florida. As of 2017, he has a net worth of $10 million.

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Born in New Jersey

January 20 , 1930

Buzz Aldrin was born on 20th January 1930 in New Jersey. His father name is Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr. who was Military Officer and mother name is Marion Aldrin. 

Completed graduation in Mechanical engineering.


Buzz Aldrin attended Montclair High School, Massachusetts Institue of Technology under full scholarship and enroll at United States Military Academy at New York and earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Married to Joan Archer


Aldrin got married to Joan Archer in 1954. The couple gave birth to James, Janice, and Andrew. The couple had 20 years of marital relationship and divorced in 1974.

Married to Beverly Zile


After getting divorced from his first wife, Buzz married to Beverly Zile in 1975. The couple didn't have any children together and got divorced after three years in 1978.

Married to Lois Driggs Cannon.


After getting fail twice in the marital relationship, Buzz married to Lois Driggs Cannon in 1988. The couple had 23 years of marital relationship and divorced in 2011 and finalized in 2012. 

Current Networth


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin earns the tremendous amount of money from his professional career. He had $2.87 million house in Westwood condominium which he sold in 2014. He had the bank balance of $475,000 in 2011 and annual income was estimated to be $1.8 million.