The Big Bang Theory Wiki

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969, as the lunar module pilot of the Apollo 11 mission following commander Neil Armstrong. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on January 20, 1930, Buzz went to the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated third in his class with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1951. During the Korean War he flew F-86 Sabre jets. Later he was a flight instructor. In 1963 he went on to earn his Doctorate of Science (Sc.D.) in Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. (His father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was a colonel in the United States' Air Force, a Sc.D. from MIT, and an aviation pioneer.)

In 1963 he joined NASA in the third group of astronauts. Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as "Dr. Rendezvous." Aldrin flew on the last two-man Gemini 12 mission and set a record for the longest spacewalk or Extra Vehicle Activity (EVA). His second and last mission was going to the moon with Apollo 11. He left NASA after touring the world with his fellow Apollo 11 crew mates and became Commandant of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base.

In 1972 he retired from the Air Force. Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force, Col. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure America's continued leadership in human space exploration. In 1985, he devised a plan for missions to Mars – the "Aldrin Mars Cycler" – a spacecraft transportation system with perpetual cycling orbits between Earth and Mars. His autobiography “Return to Earth” details his Air Force/NASA career and his battle with depression and alcoholism. Of the three Apollo 11 crewmen, he has participated the most in the entertainment industry which included singing, dancing and acting in television and movie projects.

Character Information[]

TBBT 6x5 The Holographic Excitation Buzz Aldrin 2

Buzz handing out Halloween candy.

In "The Friendship Contraction", Rajesh Koothrappali exclaims, "Ooh, ooh! What about we make your astronaut nickname Howard “Buzz” Wolowitz?" Howard responds, "You can’t do Buzz. Buzz is taken," with Raj revealing, "Buzz Lightyear is not real." Howard continues, "No, that’s not what I’m talking about." Thus, Raj asks, "Well, are you talking about when he thought he was real?" Howard simply resounds, "No." Raj does not know who Buzz Aldrin is.

In "The Holographic Excitation" Raj sends Howard a video link featuring Buzz Aldrin passing out Milky Way and Mars candy bars as well as moonpies to children at his doorway on Halloween. The braggart Aldrin obsesses over space and his astronaut career at every step, just like Howard, and even rudely asks a child what he has accomplished, meanwhile he asserts he's walked on the moon.


External links[]

v · e · d
Cast Regulars Johnny Galecki  ‧  Jim Parsons  ‧  Kaley Cuoco  ‧  Simon Helberg  ‧  Kunal Nayyar  ‧  Mayim Bialik  ‧  Melissa Rauch  ‧  Kevin Sussman  ‧  Laura Spencer  ‧  Sara Gilbert  ‧ 
Recurring/Minor Christine Baranski  ‧  Aarti Mann  ‧  John Ross Bowie  ‧  Casey Sander  ‧  Stephen Merchant  ‧  Sara Rue  ‧  Kara Luiz  ‧  Brian Thomas Smith  ‧  Margo Harshman  ‧  Alessandra Torresani  ‧  Matt Bennett  ‧  Keith Carradine  ‧  Laurie Metcalf  ‧  Judd Hirsch  ‧  Carol Ann Susi  ‧  Brian George  ‧  Alice Amter  ‧  Courtney Henggeler  ‧  June Squibb  ‧  Katey Sagal  ‧  Jack McBrayer  ‧  Dean Norris  ‧  Brian Posehn  ‧  Mark Harelik  ‧  Joshua Malina  ‧  Brian Patrick Wade  ‧  Kate Micucci  ‧  Regina King  ‧  Jerry O'Connell
As Selves Wil Wheaton  ‧  Mike Massimino  ‧  Stephen Hawking  ‧  Kip Thorne  ‧ Katee Sackhoff  ‧ Steve Wozniak  ‧ Buzz Aldrin  ‧ Summer Glau  ‧ James Earl Jones  ‧ Carrie Fisher  ‧  Brent Spiner  ‧ Howie Mandel  ‧ Bill Nye  ‧ George Smoot  ‧ George Takei  ‧ LeVar Burton  ‧ Neil deGrasse Tyson  ‧ Brian Greene  ‧ Charlie Sheen  ‧ Stan Lee  ‧ Adam West  ‧  Mark Hamill  ‧ Kevin Smith  ‧  William Shatner  ‧  Joe Manganiello  ‧  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  ‧  Sarah Michelle Gellar
also as Cast The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb