Retired astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin married his longtime love at the age of 93 on Friday (20/1). The second person to set foot in this month announced it via Twitter.
“On my 93rd birthday and the day I will be honored by Living Legend Aviation, I am pleased to announce that my longtime love Dr. Anca Faur and I have married,” Aldrin wrote.
He said the wedding took place privately in Los Angeles. Even though he is ‘aged’, he admits that his enthusiasm is still the same as that of a ‘teenager who eloped’.
As reported by People, his marriage to Faur marks Aldrin’s fourth marriage. He first married in 1954 to Joan Archer. The marriage lasted 20 years and they had three children.
Then the second marriage took place in 1975 or a year after the divorce. Aldrin married Beverly Van Zile and lasted ‘only’ three years. After 10 years of solitude, he married Lois Driggs Cannon. Their marriage lasted 24 years and then divorced in 2012.
Apart from his marriage-divorce story, Aldrin is an important history maker in the space world. In July 1969, mission commander Armstrong, lunar module pilot Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins arrived on the moon. Quoting from CNN, they launched using Apollo 11 and took four days to reach their destination.
Armstrong was on the lunar surface for two hours and 32 minutes. While Aldrin spent 15 minutes less than Armstrong. On the moon, they put up the US flag, took moon rocks, and conducted experiments. They even spoke with US President Richard Nixon over the radio from the Oval Office.
“On my 93rd birthday and the day I will be honored by the Living Legends of Aviation, I am pleased to announce that my longtime love Dr Anca Faur and I have married,” he tweeted.
63-year-old Dr Faur, who has a PhD in chemical engineering, is executive vice president of Aldrin’s company, Buzz Aldrin Ventures.
The Popularity Story of Buzz Aldrin
Aldrin was one of the pilots on the legendary Apollo 11 space flight in 1969. He became one of the first two people to walk on the Moon after the mission commander, Neil Armstrong.
He is one of only four living people to ever walk on the Moon.
In 1969, an estimated 600 million people watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first people to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. The footage garnered the largest television audience in history at the time.
Almost overnight, Aldrin became one of the most well-known names on the planet – the following months were a blur of media appearances, photo opportunities and after-dinner speeches.
“I didn’t really think much about what would happen after that,” Aldrin told the Los Angeles Times in 2001. “I wasn’t really ready or comfortable to be exposed to the public eye that much.”
Prior to his famous Moon landing mission, Aldrin piloted a fighter on US Air Force combat missions during the Korean war.
In 2018 he founded a non-profit think tank, the Human SpaceFlight Institute.
“On my 93rd birthday, I also received an award from Living Legends of Aviation,” he added.
Today, Aldrin is also one of four living people to have walked on the moon. Anca Faur, who is 30 years older than Aldrin, holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Now, he is the Executive Vice President of Aldrin’s company, Buzz Aldrin Ventures.
In 1969, at least 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first people to walk on the moon, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. The largest turnout in history, at that time.
After that, Aldrin became one of the most famous names on the planet.
“I didn’t really think about what would happen after that. I wasn’t really ready, or comfortable, to be in the public eye that much,” Aldrin told the Los Angeles Times in 2001.
Prior to the famous moon landings, Aldrin was a US Air Force fighter driver in the Korean war.
In 2018, he founded a non-profit think tank, the Human SpaceFlight Institute.