Buzz Aldrin, second to walk on the moon, marries on his 93rd birthday

Legendary American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a member of the Apollo 11 mission and the second human being to set foot on the Moon, announced that he was getting married Friday, on his 93rd birthday, to his longtime girlfriend.

Mr. Aldrin and Anca Faur, executive vice-president of Buzz Aldrin Ventures, formalized their union during a private ceremony. “For my 93rd birthday (…) I am happy to announce that my long-time love, Dr. Anca Faur, and I have married“, tweeted the astronaut, attaching a photo of him and Ms. Faur, aged 63 according to American media.We were united in the sacred bonds of matrimony in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles (Western US) and we’re as excited as runaway teenagers“.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Anca Faur obtained a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh (East). Prior to joining Buzz Aldrin Ventures, she had worked for chemical companies Union Carbide and Johnson Matthey. She was also the treasurer of a hydrogen and fuel cell lobby, the “California Hydrogen Business Council”.

The American astronaut is the last survivor of the Apollo 11 mission, during which he and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, on July 20, 1969. Michael Collins, third member of the mission, who piloted the module command remained in lunar orbit while his teammates walked on the surface of the Moon, died in April 2021 and Mr. Armstrong in 2012.

After leaving the American space agency (Nasa) in 1971, Buzz Aldrin remained a strong supporter of space travel. A crater on the Moon, located near the Apollo 11 landing site, bears his name.

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