Aldrin, Edwin Eugene ("Buzz"), Jr. (1930–)
Since retiring from NASA (in 1971), the Air Force, and his position as commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Aldrin has remained active in efforts to promote American manned space exploration. He has produced a plan for sustained exploration based on a concept known as the orbital cycler, involving a spacecraft system that perpetually orbits between Earth and Mars. His books include Return to Earth (1974),1 an account of his Moon trip and his views on America's future in space, Men from Earth (1989),2 and a science fiction novel, Encounter With Tiber (1996). Aldrin also participates in many space organizations worldwide, including the National Space Society which he chairs.
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