Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, married a Romanian woman on his 93rd birthday.
Aldrin went into space three times during his career and was the pilot of the Lunar Module Eagle for the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He stepped onto the lunar surface 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969. He is the only one still alive of the three astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission.
“On my 93rd birthday and the day I will also be honored by Living Legends of Aviation, I am pleased to announce that my old love Dr. Anca Faur and I have tied the knot. We got married in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles and are as excited as runaway teenagers,” Aldrin wrote on Twitter.
Aldrin has been married three times before and has three children, James, Janice and Andrew, from his first marriage to Joan Archer. Anca Faur, his new wife, is from Deva, Romania. According to Adevarul, she graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Polytechnic in Timisoara in 1983. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry, several patents, and is a project manager at a British multinational chemical company.
Buzz Aldrin, or Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., was born on January 20, 1930 in New Jersey. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1951 and became an Air Force pilot. He flew 66 combat missions during the Korean War and shot down two MiG-15 jets. Aldrin later served in West Germany.
In 1963, he wrote a dissertation on orbital mechanics, earning him a Ph.D. from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Later that year, he was selected as an astronaut and was part of the Gemini 12 flight, during which he made three spacewalks totaling five and a half hours. He was then part of the legendary 1969 Apollo 11 flight, along with Neil A. Armstrong and Michael Collins. Aldrin and Armstrong landed on the moon and spent two hours collecting rocks, taking pictures and setting up scientific equipment for testing before returning to Earth.
Aldrin retired from the Air Force in 1972. In 1998, he founded the ShareSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the expansion of human space exploration.
(Image source: Buzz Aldrin on Twitter)