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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to be named professor

The second person to walk on the moon will be named a research professor of aeronautics

MELBOURNE, Fla.—Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will soon be teaching classes at the Florida Institute of Technology.

University President Anthony Catanese announced that Aldrin will be a research professor of aeronautics and that the school is planning to establish the Buzz Aldrin Institute. Florida Today reports that Aldrin and the school are in the final stages of negotiations.

Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon. The Florida Institute of Technology is about 40 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center, where the Apollo 11 mission blasted off from in July 1969.

Aldrin has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a doctorate of science degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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