Buzz Aldrin Returned From Space Lacking The Will To Live

By | November 6, 2019

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Left: The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle with Aldrin and Armstrong inside. Right: Aldrin in April 1969, four months before the Apollo 11 mission. Sources:; SSPL/Getty Images

Once, American military pilots dreamed of having the good fortune of Buzz Aldrin -- the NASA Apollo 11 moon mission was the biggest gig in aviation. With Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, Aldrin went to the moon and returned to a hero's welcome. For Aldrin, though, life after space was challenging. He felt like a prop: useful to NASA for occasional publicity, but otherwise abandoned. Following his 1969 moment of glory, Aldrin descended into depression and addiction.

From The High Of Space Exploration To The Low Of Civilian Life

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Older Buzz looking great but dealing with a lot. Source: (aol)

One can only imagine that walking on the moon whether you’re the first person or the 50th would be quite the experience. You might even consider it the peak of your life. Unfortunately, that was the case for Buzz Aldrin but it had less to do with the heights of walking on the moon than the depths of his difficulties upon his return.

The first and most heart-breaking tragedy that Aldrin endured was the death of his mother shortly before the lunar mission. Born Marion Moon, Aldrin’s mother committed suicide because she didn’t think she could handle the fame that would inevitably come from her son’s achievement.