Aldrin said he and his “longtime love” tied the knot in a small, private ceremony.
On his 93rd birthday, Buzz Aldrin made an unexpected announcement: the famous astronaut got married.
“On my 93rd birthday and the day I will also be honored as a Living Legend of Aviation, I am pleased to announce that my longtime love, Dr. Anka Favre, and I have tied the knot.” Aldrin said on social media Friday. He said the duo had a small, private ceremony in Los Angeles and were “excited like runaway teenagers”.
Aldrin shared photos from the ceremony, showing himself in a suit adorned with medals and badges. Favre wore a lacy, sparkly white dress.
According to Faure’s LinkedIn page, she has served as executive vice president of Buzz Aldrin Ventures since 2019. The pair have shared photos together over the years, with Aldrin calling Faure his “partner and best friend” Facebook post 2020.
The two were photographed holding hands during a visit to the Kennedy Space Center in 2019 to mark the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Aldrin became the second astronaut — after Neil Armstrong — to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong, who died in 2012, famously said it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The first steps of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon were watched by hundreds of millionsbut one of Aldrin’s other milestones is a little less well known. NASA recognizes Aldrin with the first “selfie” in space during the Gemini 12 orbital mission in 1966.
Aldrin left NASA in 1971 and continued to advocate for further space exploration, particularly a manned mission to Mars.
In accordance with Guardian, Aldrin was married and divorced three times. He has three children, one grandchild and several great-grandchildren.