Buzz Aldrin graduated 3rd in his class at West Point, was a jet fighter pilot in Korea, and earned his Doctor of Astronautics from MIT. Each of those accomplishments helped to prepare Buzz Aldrin for the historic event when he and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and took “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind”.
Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. A 45-day international goodwill tour followed, where he received numerous distinguished awards and medals from 23 other countries.
Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force, Col. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure America’s continued leadership in human space exploration. He devised a master plan for missions to Mars known as the “Aldrin Mars Cycler” – a spacecraft system with perpetual cycling orbits between Earth and Mars. Dr. Aldrin has received three US patents for his schematics of a modular space station, Starbooster reusable rockets, and multi-crew modules for space flight. He founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and the ShareSpace Foundation, a non-profit devoted to advancing space education, exploration and affordable space flight experiences for all. In June of 2011 Buzz started a new company, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, LLC to promote his brand and oversee all aspects of his public appearances, media, licensing, endorsements and efforts to promote the future of the space program.
On November 16, 2011, Dr. Aldrin was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, along with the other Apollo 11 crew members, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, and Mercury Seven astronaut, John Glenn, for their significant contribution to society and for blazing the trail of exploration.
Dr. Aldrin is an author of eight books including his New York Times best-selling autobiography entitled, “Magnificent Desolation” (2009) which was released just before the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing. He continues to inspire today’s youth with his illustrated children’s books: “Reaching for the Moon”, another New York Times best-seller, and “Look to the Stars”. He has also authored two space science-fact-fiction novels: “The Return and Encounter with Tiber”. His non-fiction works include the best-seller historical documentary, “Men from Earth”, and an early 1970′s autobiography, “Return to Earth”. His newest book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” (National Geographic Society, 2013), outlines his plan to get us beyond the moon and on to Mars.
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