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Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries 'longtime love' on his 93rd birthday

Buzz Aldrin attends the 15th annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2018. Aldrin, 93, who was one of the first people to walk on the moon, married his “longtime love” in a small ceremony Friday in Los Angeles.

Buzz Aldrin attends the 15th annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2018. Aldrin, 93, who was one of the first people to walk on the moon, married his “longtime love” in a small ceremony Friday in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell, Associated Press)


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LOS ANGELES— Their wedding must have been out of this world.

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, who became the second person to ever set foot on the moon in 1969, following crewmate Neil Armstrong, married his "longtime love" on his 93rd birthday on Friday.

The former astronaut announced his nuptials on Twitter.

"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," Aldrin wrote. "We were joined in holy matrimony in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles & are as excited as eloping teenagers."

He posted two photos of himself in a tuxedo and Faur in a long-sleeved glittering dress.

Aldin also thanked fans for their birthday wishes in another Friday tweet. "It means a lot and I hope to continue serving a greater cause for many more revolutions around the sun," he wrote.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, left, and Anca Faur arrive at the Kennedy Space Center for a visit in recognition of the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary, on July 20, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin announced on Facebook that he has married Anca Faur, his “longtime love” in a small ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, which was his 93rd birthday.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, left, and Anca Faur arrive at the Kennedy Space Center for a visit in recognition of the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary, on July 20, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin announced on Facebook that he has married Anca Faur, his “longtime love” in a small ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, which was his 93rd birthday. (Photo: John Raoux, Associated Press)

In July 1969, mission commander Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins blasted off in Apollo 11 on a nearly 250,000-mile journey to the moon. It took them four days to reach their destination.

Armstrong was on the moon's surface for two hours and 32 minutes and Aldrin, who followed him, spent about 15 minutes less than that.

The two astronauts set up an American flag, scooped up moon rocks, and set up scientific experiments before returning to the spacecraft. They also spoke to President Richard Nixon via radio from the Oval Office.

All three astronauts returned home to a hero's welcome.

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