Lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries on his 93rd birthday
American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was on the first mission to the moon and the second to set foot on its surface, celebrated his 93rd birthday by marrying his longtime girlfriend Anka Faur. Writes about it with the BBC.
The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, California. Aldrin wrote about the wedding on his Twitter.
“On my 93rd birthday, I am delighted to announce that my longtime love, Anka Faur, has married me. We tied the sacred knot in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles. We are excited like runaway teenagers,” the message says.
This is the fourth marriage for the former astronaut; The bride is 30 years younger than the groom.
Anka Faur, 63, has been with Aldrin's Buzz Aldrin Ventures LLC since 2019. She currently holds the position of Vice President of the company.
Aldrin has three children from his first marriage.
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At the time of writing, the newlywed's tweet has collected more than 130 thousand likes and 19 million views. Twitter users wish the legendary astronaut a happy birthday and marriage. Some commentators in congratulations joke: “You must be in seventh heaven!” (You must be over the moon!).
On my 93rd birthday & the day I will also be honored by Living Legends of Aviation I am pleased to announce that my longtime love Dr. Anca Faur & I have tied the knot. We were joined in holy matrimony in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles & are as excited as eloping teenagers pic.twitter.com/VwMP4W30Tn
—Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) -
According to the astronaut, on his birthday he was given the prestigious Living Legends of Aviation award.
Aldrin is the only survivor of the world's first successful moon landing mission, Apollo 11.
Three American astronauts - Neil Armstrong (commander of the ship), Michael Collins (pilot of the main unit) and Buzz Aldrin, who was the pilot of the lunar compartment on this mission - landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. When the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mission, two participants were alive - Aldrin and Michael Collins.
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In 2002, Aldrin avoided prosecution on charges of assault when a former astronaut punched a man in the jaw as he demanded on camera to swear on the Bible that the moon landing was not staged.
The man who received Aldrin's slap in the face was conspiracy theorist screenwriter Bart Sibrel, who was convinced that the moon landing did not actually happen, and the footage broadcast to the whole world was filmed in a movie studio.
Buzz Aldrin ended his career at NASA in 1971, after which he headed the US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Base (California). In 1972 he retired.
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