Buzz Aldrin – (016)

16-Buzz Aldrin-aBuzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., January 20, 1930) is a former 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. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 (UTC) on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a retired United States Air Force pilot. – [see:  Wikipedia]

Born: January 20, 1930, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Space missions: Gemini 12, Apollo 11
Full name: Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
Nickname: Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin, nascido Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. (Nova Jérsei, 20 de janeiro de 1930), é um ex-astronauta norte-americano, ex-coronel e piloto da Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos. Foi o segundo homem a pisar na Lua, em 20 de julho de 1969, como tripulante do módulo lunar Eagle, durante a missão Apollo 11, a primeira a pousar no satélite.

“Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what’s beyond.”

From the distance of the moon, Earth was four times the size of a full moon seen from Earth. It was a brilliant jewel in the black velvet sky.

[Wikipedia – English]       [Wikipedia – Português]

On July 21, 1969, he became the second astronaut to walk on the Moon, keeping his record total EVA time until that was surpassed on Apollo 14. There has been much speculation about Aldrin’s desire at the time to be the first astronaut to walk on the Moon.  According to different NASA accounts, he had originally been proposed as the first to step onto the Moon’s surface, but due to the physical positioning of the astronauts inside the compact lunar landing module, it was easier for the commander, Neil Armstrong, to be the first to exit the spacecraft.

Aldrin, a Presbyterian, was the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon. After landing on the Moon, he radioed Earth: “I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He took communion on the surface of the Moon, but he kept it secret because of a lawsuit brought by atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair over the reading of Genesis on Apollo 8.


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