Aldrin, Buzz (Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.), 1930-, American astronaut, b. Montclair, N.J. After graduating from West Point (1951), Aldrin joined the U.S. air force and flew 66 combat missions during the Korean War. His doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (1963) on orbital mechanics laid the foundation for flight techniques employed later in the lunar landing program. In 1966 he was selected as an astronaut by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Aldrin was the prime pilot of Gemini 12 (Nov. 11-15, 1966), a 59-revolution flight that brought the Gemini space program to a successful close; his 51∕2-hour space walk established a record for extravehicular activity at that time and proved that a person could function in the weightless vacuum of space. As the lunar module pilot of Apollo 11 (July 16-24, 1969) Aldrin made the first lunar landing with Neil Armstrong, and on July 20 (EDST) became the second person (after Armstrong) to walk on the moon. After retiring from NASA, Aldrin served (1971-72) as commandant of the Aerospace Research Pilots' School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 to enter private business and to lecture and consult on space exploration.

See his autobiography, Return to Earth (1973) and Men from Earth: The Apollo Project (1989).

or flying bomb or buzz bomb

German missile of World War II. The forerunner of modern cruise missiles, it was about 25 ft (8 m) long and had a wingspan of about 18 ft (5.5 m). It was launched from catapult ramps or sometimes from aircraft; it carried an explosive warhead of almost 1,900 lbs (850 kg) and had an average range of 150 mi (240 km). More than 8,000 V-1s were launched against London in 1944–45, and a smaller number against Belgium. Seealso V-2 missile.

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A buzz can be a rapidly oscillating two-tone noise caused by vibration or other source, such as that produced by bees or wasps. It can also refer to a generally excited hubbub, or background noise - i.e. a crowd at a sports event can "buzz."

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  • Buzz (airline), a discount airline formerly operating in Europe
  • Buzz cut, American name for a type of haircut where the hair is sheared very closely to the scalp
  • Buzz number, letter and number combination applied to U.S. Air Force aircraft after World War II
  • Bizz buzz, a group word game
  • Salt Lake Buzz, former name of the Salt Lake Bees minor league baseball team

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People with the name Buzz:

  • Buzz Aldrin (born 1930), American pilot and astronaut, second person to set foot on the Moon
  • George Beurling (1921–1948), Canadian World War II fighter pilot nicknamed "Buzz"
  • Buzz Hargrove (born 1944), National President of the Canadian Auto Workers trade union
  • Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio personality
  • Buzz Osborne (born 1964), guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, founding member of The Melvins
  • J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner (born 1967), American forensic psychologist and journalist
  • Buzz, a host of the American children's television series ZOOM

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