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Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin and his new wife in seventh heaven from wedding, ‘thrilled like runaway teenagers’

The second man to walk on the moon just got married again.

Buzz Aldrin, one of the astronauts on the first human landing mission on Apollo 11 in 1969, announced his wedding on Twitter on Friday (January 20), the same day he turned 93.

“I am delighted to announce that my longtime love, Dr. Anka Fore, and I have tied the knot,” Aldrin wrote. (will open in a new tab). “We got married in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles and are excited like runaway teenagers.”

This is Aldrin’s fourth marriage. Faur is 63 years old, according to The Guardian. (will open in a new tab)has been with Buzz Aldrin Ventures since 2019 and is currently its executive vice president, according to her LinkedIn page. (will open in a new tab).

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Fore, who was born in Romania, holds a PhD in chemical engineering and spent almost 20 years with Johnson Matthey, a London-based chemical company, finishing as a program and sales manager there.

Faure’s former employer has a link to the Moon: according to the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Matthey’s work on fuel cells “contributed to the success of the Apollo 11 missions.” (will open in a new tab) Los Angeles, where Faure is Executive Secretary.

Johnson Matthey website (will open in a new tab) confirmed its work with Apollo fuel cells, stating that it supplies “electrocatalysts for fuel cells used in the US space program”, including the Apollo spacecraft. (Electrocatalysts play a key role in fuel cell reactions.)

Faure’s work at Johnson Matthey began long after the completion of Apollo 11. However, she was also “the first test driver for the first hydrogen-powered Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle,” the chamber of commerce said.

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Buzz Aldrin (right) and then-girlfriend Anka Fore during a tour of the Apollo 11 exhibit in July 2019, during the mission’s 50th anniversary, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California. Faure used a virtual reality headset to simulate walking on the moon. Aldrin was offered to use the headset himself, but instead asked Fawr to use it: “I saw the real thing,” the rover said in a Getty Images report. (Image credit: Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG via Getty Images)

Aldrin’s previous marriages, which all ended in divorce, were to Joan Archer in 1954, to Beverly Van Zyl in 1975, and to Lois Driggs Cannon in 1988.

In 2019, two of Aldrin’s adult children withdrew a petition for custody of the astronaut’s affairs amid alleged “cognitive decline,” while Aldrin dropped a money management lawsuit against the children and his former manager, according to The Guardian. (will open in a new tab). Aldrin also spoke about a past struggle with alcoholism and depression following the worldwide fame he gained from Apollo 11.

Aldrin is the last surviving member of the Apollo 11 crew, which also included commander and first-ever lunar rover Neil Armstrong (died 2012) and command module pilot Michael Collins (died 2021).

Aldrin also performed a spacewalk on the Gemini 12 orbital mission in 1966 with Jim Lovell, the astronaut best known for commanding the Apollo 13 mission, which returned safely to Earth after a space accident near the moon in 1970.

Elizabeth Howell is co-author of Why Am I Taller? (will open in a new tab)? (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), space medicine book. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace (will open in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (will open in a new tab) or facebook (will open in a new tab).

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