Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on January 20, 1930, in Montclair, NJ to Edwin Aldrin and Marion Moon. He has two older sisters, Madeline Ross and Fay Ann. His nickname "Buzz" was coined by his sister Fay, who pronounced "brother" as "buzzer" when they were little.
From at least 1930 to at least 1940 the Aldrin family lived at 25 Princeton Place in Montclair, NJ.  In 1946, Buzz graduated a year early from Montclair High School. Passing up a scholarship to MIT, Buzz attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1951, graduating third in his class.
After graduation, Buzz joined the Air Force as a second lieutenant and served in the Korean War. He completed 66 combat missions as an F-86 fighter pilot, including damaging one and destroying two MIG-15s, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Buzz was stationed in Bitburg, Germany as the flight commander of the 22nd Fighter Squadron, flying F-100s.
Buzz returned to the US and earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA in 1963. In October of that year, he was named as one of the third group of astronauts at NASA.
On November 11, 1966, Buzz Aldrin and James Lovell were launched into space in the Gemini 12 spacecraft. During the 4-day, 59-revolution flight, Buzz established a new extra-vehicular activity (EVA) record of 5 1/2 hours. The crew splashed down in the Atlantic on November 15, 1966. 
The Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16, 1969, including commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. On July 20, 1969, Neil and Buzz made history by becoming the first people to set foot on the moon. They spent 21 hours on the moon's surface in the Sea of Tranquility, and Buzz logged an additional 2 hours and 15 minutes of EVA time during the mission. The crew returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. 
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