American astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the Earth's moon. Aldrin set foot on the moon on July 21, 1969, just a few minutes after Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong.
Aldrin was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., on Jan. 20, 1930. After high school, he opted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and joined the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. After a decorated military career, Aldrin was selected to join NASA's team of astronauts in October 1963. Aldrin's first words when he walked on the moon were "beautiful view, magnificent desolation."