Some people watch history happen; others make it happen. Buzz Aldrin firmly falls into the latter category. An iconic astronaut who was involved in the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon, Aldrin has spent most of his life being praised for his work. Do we know as much about him as we thought though?
First man on the moon
No matter what Buzz Aldrin does for the rest of his life, he’ll always be remembered as one of the first men on the moon. Although his fellow astronaut, Neil Armstrong, was technically the first to step foot on the lunar surface, nine minutes doesn’t make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. At least he holds the title as the first person to ever do a religious ceremony up there after he held a private communion.
Fame came with a price
Aldrin might have lived through an experience few others can compare to, but was it worth it? After arriving back on Earth and consequently parting ways with NASA, Aldrin struggled with his newfound fame. His mental health suffered, particularly after both his parents took their own lives. Buzz searched for a solution at the bottom of a bottle, and it took years for him to recover from his downward spiral.
From north to south
It turns out exploring is in Buzz Aldrin’s blood. Not content with checking out the moon, the astronaut has made trips to some of Earth’s most uninhabited areas. In 1998, he traveled to the North Pole, a trip he followed up almost two decades later with an expedition to the south pole. The latter journey made him the oldest man to ever go so far south on planet Earth, although the harsh conditions took their toll on his health. Aldrin fell ill and had to be evacuated.
To infinity and beyond
The moon is merely the first step when it comes to space exploration. NASA has set their sights on reaching other planets in the future, with the colonization of Mars something that seems more and more likely every day. Aldrin has been incredibly supportive of this, even going so far as to criticize NASA when they wanted to return to the moon again. He’s so passionate about space exploration that he devised his own computer game and rap single to raise funds for it. Buzz Aldrin and Snoop Dogg – what a combination.
Oh, to be young again
Of all the people to have a face-lift, would you have ever put Buzz Aldrin at the top of the list? Well, according to an interview he did with Time magazine, it’s not just yummy mommies that like to get a bit of work done. Aldrin went through the procedure some years after his trip into space, suggesting that the impact of the g-force had left his face in need of surgical attention. As far as we know, that’s the only work he’s had done.
Now nearing his 90’s, Buzz Aldrin has definitely had one adventurous life. Might he live to see us finally land a crew on Mars? Only time will tell.