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Here's a look at the life of astronaut Buzz Aldrin.© Jerod Harris/Getty Images Buzz Aldrin
Birth date: January 20, 1930
Birth place: Montclair, New Jersey
Birth name: Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
Father: Edwin Aldrin Sr., an aviation pioneer and oil executive© buzzaldrin.com
Mother: Marion (Moon) Aldrin
Marriages: Lois Driggs Cannon (February 14, 1988-December 28, 2012, divorced); Beverly Van Zile (December 31, 1975-date unknown publicly, divorced); Joan A. (Archer) Aldrin (December 29, 1954-1972, divorced)
Children: with Joan A. (Archer) Aldrin: James Michael, Janice Ross and Andrew John
Education: US Military Academy at West Point, B.S., 1951; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Astronautics Sc.D., 1963
Military service: US Air Force, 1951-1972, Colonel
The nickname "Buzz" came from the way his sister Fay Ann said the word buzzer instead of brother.
As a fighter pilot in the Korean War, he completed 66 F-86 combat missions, destroyed two MiG's, damaged another, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.
His doctoral dissertation at M.I.T. dealt with the piloting and rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit. Aldrin's techniques have been used on many NASA missions.
He logged 289 hours and 53 minutes in space between the Gemini and Apollo programs.
Nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program" at the 72nd Emmy Awards for the CNN documentary "Apollo 11," which utilizes footage he lensed during his 1969 space mission.
1951 - Graduates third in his class at West Point, out of 475.
October 17, 1963 - Is part of the third group of men selected by NASA to be astronauts.
November 11, 1966 - Is launched into space as the pilot of Gemini 12. Aldrin sets a new Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) record of 5 ½ hours. The flight lasts almost four days.
July 16-July 24, 1969 - Lunar Module Pilot of the Apollo 11 mission and second person on the moon. The three-man crew consists of Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins.
July 20, 1969 - After landing near the Sea of Tranquility, Armstrong and Aldrin spend about two hours on the surface. Aldrin then pilots the Lunar Module back to the Command Module orbiting above.
1969 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Richard Nixon.
1971 - Retires from NASA.
1971-1972 - Commandant of the Aerospace Research Pilots School, Edwards Air Force Base, California.
1971 - Is hospitalized in San Antonio for depression and alcoholism.
March 1972 - Retires from the Air Force as a colonel.
1988 - Legally changes his name to Buzz Aldrin.
1993 - Patents his design for a permanent space station.
March 19, 1993 - Is inducted into the Astronauts Hall of Fame.
1994 - Appears as himself on "The Simpsons."
1996 - Founds the rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc.
1998 - Founds ShareSpace, a nonprofit company designed to help fund and promote mass-market space travel.
2002 - President George W. Bush appoints Aldrin to the Presidential Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.
September 9, 2002 - Punches journalist Bart Sibrel after he demands that Aldrin prove he had actually been to the moon.
July 21, 2004 - Attends a White House ceremony with Armstrong and Collins marking the 35th anniversary of Apollo 11.
December 15, 2006 - Makes a cameo appearance on the television show "Numb3rs."
March 20, 2007 - Aldrin opens the Skywalk, a glass bottomed observation deck over the Grand Canyon, that extends 70 feet from the canyon wall.
May 14, 2009 - "Look to the Stars," a children's book about space travel penned by Aldrin and illustrated by Wendell Minor, is published.
June 2009 - Autobiography "Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon" is published.
August 19, 2009 - NASA receives the Philo T. Farnsworth Award, an Emmy given to NASA for, "...engineering excellence and technological innovations that made possible the first live TV broadcast from the moon by the Apollo 11..." Aldrin accepts on behalf of NASA.
March-April 2010 - Competes on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Aldrin is voted off the show on April 6, 2010.
November 16, 2011 - Receives the Congressional Gold Medal for Distinguished Astronauts along with Armstrong, Collins and John Glenn.
May 7, 2013 - Aldrin makes a case for commercial travel into the cosmos with the book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration."
July 30, 2015 - On Twitter, Aldrin posts an expense report from his trip to the moon in 1969. According to the voucher, Aldrin was reimbursed $33.31 for his voyage from Houston to the moon and back.
September 1, 2015 - Aldrin collaborates with author Marianne Dyson on a children's book, "Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet," published by National Geographic.
December 1, 2016 - Is evacuated from the South Pole and flown to New Zealand. Aldrin was part of a tourist group visiting Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
December 3, 2016 - In an online statement, Aldrin says he became short of breath and had congestion in his lungs, symptoms of altitude sickness, while at the South Pole. Aldrin's manager says he went to Antarctica to experience conditions more similar to Mars than any other place on earth.
August 10, 2018 - Endorses Vice President Mike Pence's call for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, calling it "one giant leap in the right direction."
July 28, 2020 - Is nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program" at the 72nd Emmy Awards for the CNN documentary "Apollo 11."
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UFC 252 pre-event facts: Stipe Miocic makes history with third straight Daniel Cormier fight
Over 1,000 kids quarantined in 1 school district Theres a Reason Why You Haven’t Been Able to Find Dr. Pepper on Grocery Store Shelves UFC 252 pre-event facts: Stipe Miocic makes history with third straight Daniel Cormier fight
The UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 252. The five-fight lineup follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and goes down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.© Provided by MMAJunkie
A pivotal moment in the sport’s history will unfold in the main event as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and former two-division titleholder Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will clash for the third and final time. The winner not only will have the belt and bragging rights for winning the trilogy, but they’ll also carry the distinction of greatest heavyweight in UFC history, according to UFC president Dana White.
Miocic and Cormier both bring extraordinary and decorated resumes to the octagon. For more on the numbers behind their fight, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC 252.
* * * *Main event © File photo August 17, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Stipe Miocic celebrates his championship victory by TKO against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Miocic becomes the first in history to face the same opponent in three consecutive UFC fights.
Miocic is one of four heavyweight champions in UFC history to have multiple reigns.
Miocic’s five UFC heavyweight title fight victories are tied with Tim Sylvia for second most in divisional history behind Randy Couture (six).
Miocic’s three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defense during his first reign were the most of any champion in divisional history.
Miocic’s 13 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Andrei Arlovski (18), Frank Mir (16), Junior Dos Santos (15) and Derrick Lewis (15).
Miocic’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Lewis (11), Dos Santos (10) and Cain Velasquez (10).
Miocic’s stoppage victory at UFC 241 despite a -58 significant strike deficit is the second largest comeback in a UFC title fight behind Anderson Silva’s win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (-60).
Miocic and Cormier combined for 304 significant strikes landed at UFC 241, the single-fight record for a UFC heavyweight fight.
Miocic’s nine fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight bouts are the most in divisional history.© Provided by MMAJunkie
Cormier is one of four simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history. Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of seven two-division champions in UFC history. McGregor, Nunes, Cejudo, Georges St-Pierre, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of three fighters in UFC history to record successful title defenses in two weight classes. Cejudo an Nunes also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of five fighters in UFC history to win a belt while coming off a loss. He accomplished the feat against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.
Cormier is one of two fighters in UFC history to win two title fights following a loss or no-contest. Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cormier competes in the 17th heavyweight bout of his career. He’s 15-1 overall in the weight class.
Cormier lands 62.9 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the third best rate in divisional history behind Alistair Overeem (74 percent) and Anthony Hamilton (65.6 percent).
Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson combined for 260 significant strikes at UFC 192, a single-fight record for a UFC light-heavyweight bout.
Cormier’s 140 significant strikes landed against Gustafsson are second most in a UFC light-heavyweight bout behind Cyrille Diabate’s 146 at UFC on VERSUS 3.
Cormier is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from the crucifix position. He accomplished the feat at UFC 220.
Cormier is 9-0 in his career when he lands at least two takedowns in a fight.
Cormier has spent just 12 seconds in bottom position in UFC heavyweight competition, the least in divisional history for anyone with at least five fights.Co-main event © Provided by MMAJunkie
Sean O’Malley‘s (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at bantamweight is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Petr Yan (seven) Aljamain Sterling (five) and Marlon Vera (five).
Marlon Vera’s (15-6-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak at bantamweight is tied with Sterling for the second longest active streak in the division behind Yan (seven).
Vera has earned eight of his nine UFC victories by stoppage.
Vera’s seven stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (eight).
Vera’s four submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Faber (six) and Rani Yahya (five).Featured bout © Provided by MMAJunkie
Junior Dos Santos
Junior Dos Santos (21-7 MMA, 15-6 UFC) enters the event on the first losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since March 2019.
Dos Santos’ total fight time of 3:50:40 in UFC heavyweight competition is second most in company history behind Arlovski (4:48:42).
Dos Santos’ 15 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Arlovski (17) and Mir (16).
Dos Santos’ 10 knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Velasquez for second most in divisional history behind Lewis (11).
Dos Santos’ 14 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Dos Santos has landed 1,075 significant strikes in UFC heavyweight competition, the most in divisional history.
Dos Santos and Ben Rothwell combined for 234 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 86, the third most in a single UFC heavyweight fight behind Miocic vs. Cormier (304) at UFC 241 and Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura (282) at UFC Fight Night 121.
Dos Santos’ 157 significant strikes landed against Rothwell are second most in a UFC heavyweight fight behind Cormier (181) at UFC 241.
Dos Santos’ 92 significant body strikes landed against Rothwell are the UFC heavyweight record for a single fight.
Dos Santos defends 81.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Tybura (82.1 percent).
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.
Rozenstruik’s nine-second knockout at UFC on ESPN+ 12 is the second fastest in UFC heavyweight history behind Todd Duffee’s seven-second finish at UFC 102.
Rozenstruik’s knockout of Alistair Overeem at the 4:56 mark of Round 5 at UFC on ESPN 7 marked the third latest stoppage in UFC history behind Demetrious Johnson’s win (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC 186 and Yair Rodriguez’s victory (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC Fight Night 139.Remaining main card
Daniel Pineda (26-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) returns to the UFC for the first time since March 2014. He went 8-2 with two no contests between stints with the promotion.
Pineda has earned all 26 of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 18 of those wins by submission.
John Dodson (21-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is 4-4 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April 2016. He’s 5-4 in the weight class overall.
Dodson has earned all six of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Dodson has fought to three split decision results in UFC bantamweight competition, tied for second most in divisional history behind Kyung Ho Kang (four).
Merab Dvalishvili (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by decision. That includes all four of his UFC wins.
Dvalishvili’s 39 takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Dvalishvili is one of two fighters in history to land 10 or more takedowns in three separate UFC bouts. Demetrious Johnson also accomplished the feat.
Dvalishvili outlanded Terrion Ware by 183 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 136, the largest differential in a single UFC/WEC bantamweight bout.Preliminary card © Provided by MMAJunkie
Jim Miller (32-14 MMA, 21-13 UFC) competes in his 36th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. His 34th lightweight appearance is also a divisional record.
Miller’s total fight time of 5:21:47 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history.
Miller’s 21 victories in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22).
Miller’s 19 victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Miller’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (13).
Miller’s 10 submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Royce Gracie for third most in history behind Charles Oliveira (14) and Maia (11).
Miller’s nine submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are most in divisional history.
Miller’s 43 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Miller’s 11 fight-night bonuses for UFC lightweight bouts are tied with Nate Diaz for third most in divisional history behind Cerrone (15) and Lauzon (15).
Vinc Pichel (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned from a career-long layoff that lasted from May 2014 to June 2017.
Pichel lands 60.6 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the second-highest rate among active fighters in the division behind Islam Makhachev (68 percent).
Felice Herrig (14-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Oct. 6, 2018. The 679-day layoff (nearly two years) is the longest of her more than 11-year career.
Ashley Yoder (7-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) was awarded the first 30-24 scorecard in a women’s UFC fight at UFC on ESPN+ 12.
UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.MORE:
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