Buzz Aldrin

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English 10
27 November 2012

Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin was perhaps one of the most influential astronauts that the world has ever experienced. In July 1969, buzz became the second man to walk on the moon craft 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong. He was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts selected in October 1963. Because of the test pilot experience was no longer a requirement; he was a United States air force pilot while he served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions and he shot down two of the enemy’s air crafts during the war. Buzz was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2007 for his services to enterprise and space (inaugural election). Aldrin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1951, ranking third in his graduating class. After graduation, Aldrin was as an officer in the Air Force. A year later, he was sent to Korea as a fighter pilot. He completed 66 fighter missions during the Korean War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He then served as an Air Force instructor in Nevada before being assigned to the Air Force Academy as an aide and later a flight instructor. In 1956, he became a flight commander for a squadron in West Germany (now Germany). In 1959, Aldrin decided he needed a new career challenge and became interested in the developing U.S. space program. He enrolled in an engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated in 1963 with a Doctor of Science degree in Orbital Mechanics; his thesis dealt with the piloting and rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit. In the formative years of the Space Program, in order to participate in the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's (NASA) astronaut program, candidates were required to have attended test-pilot school. Aldrin passed the age limit to enter test-pilot school while he was at MIT, but believed this requirement would soon be eliminated. He...
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