You may know him as the second man to set foot on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969, but Buzz Aldrin is also a decorated Air Force pilot who flew 66 combat missions during the Korean War, bringing down two Russian MiG-15s. Following Aldrin’s NASA career, he went on to serve as commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, retiring as a colonel in 1972 with 21 years of military service. Now, he has his sights set again on uncharted territory: the planet Mars and its moons.

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