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Divorces, Feuds & A Facelift! Men On The Moon Secrets & Scandals Exposed

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
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Jul. 20 2019, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

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This week, the world is marking the incredible 50th anniversary of humans first landing on the moon.

America's Apollo 11 spacecraft launched on July 16, 1969 and astronaut heroes Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed its Lunar Module Eagle four days later on July 20.

Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon six hours later, on July 21, uttering the famous phrase, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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The stoic astronaut later recalled of the experience, "It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it."

Second man Aldrin walked on the lunar surface 19 minutes after Armstrong.

He has said, "It's as lonely as hell out there. I peed in my pants."

Aldrin told another reporter, "Neil said he thought the moon was beautiful. I didn't think it was."

The third Apollo crew member, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, stayed in orbit around the moon.

While the late Armstrong, who died in 2012 at age 82, was first on the moon, Aldrin has had greater longevity on earth—he's still giving interviews at 89 and even competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2010.

Feisty Buzz blasted the recent Ryan Gosling movie First Man for not showing the planting of the United States flag on the moon.

Calm and quiet Armstrong and brilliant but complicated Aldrin couldn't have been more different, and reportedly were rivals and rarely spoke after their historic feat.

The men achieved global fame for their two and a quarter hour moon walk, but their lives included many private struggles.

Armstrong tragically lost a child and went through a divorce and Aldrin has had three failed marriages.

The second man on the moon also got a facelift and was embroiled in a bitter battle with his children!

Scroll through's gallery for more on the secrets and scandals of astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin's lives.

Sad End

Buzz Aldrin's portrait, second man to walk on the moon.
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Aldrin's mother had the unbelievable name of Marion Moon. But just before her son's lunar mission, she killed herself because she didn't think she could handle his astronaut fame.

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Out Of This World Feud?

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong leading Michael Collins and Edwin Buzz Aldrin (hidden behind Collins) down a corridor on their way to participate in the launch countdown demonstration test.
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Armstrong and Aldrin allegedly had a frosty relationship before, during, and after the moon landing. Years later, Aldrin told an interviewer when asked if they'd stayed in touch, "Not that much. Hardly at all. He doesn't let me know what he's doing."

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Stage Dad?

One of the few photographs of Neil Armstrong on the moon shows him working on his space craft on the lunar surface. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission is celebrated July 20, 1999.
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Jim Donovan's book Shoot For The Moon claimed that Aldrin's well-connected aviator father, Edwin Sr., lobbied for his son to be the first man on the moon instead of Armstrong. But it wasn't to be and Aldrin's first wife Joan later said Buzz was privately "devastated." Armstrong told 60 Minutes in 2005: "I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role."

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Little Girl Lost

Gemini 8 Command Pilot Neil A. Armstrong leaves Ellington Air Force Base with his wife Janet, and their two-year-old son Mark in this photo, as he returned home for the first time following the incompleted flight of Gemini 8.
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Armstrong suffered the family tragedy of his life years before the moon landing when his daughter Karen by first wife Janet died at age 2. Medical tests had shown that Karen suffered from a malignant tumor growing within part of her brain stem. She succumbed to pneumonia in 1962.

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We Have Lift Off!

Buzz Aldrin before and after the face-lift.
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In 2007, Buzz admitted he'd had a face lift. Aldrin told Time magazine, "It's kind of funny, but I've been exposed to a lot of G-forces as a fighter pilot and in space That cause a sagging jowl that needed some attention."

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Second Man’s First Marriage

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and his wife Joan arrive at a reception at the Castel Sant'Angelo on October 16, 1969 in Rome, Italy.
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Aldrin first got married to Joan Archer in 1954. But according to the book The Astronaut's Wives Club, he could be "heartbreakingly cold" towards her. He once gave Joan a monkey for Christmas and the animal would bare his teeth, make obscene gestures and dance around mocking her. She told him "It's either the monkey or me" and Aldrin reportedly just gave her a look. They divorced following his return from the Moon in 1969.

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Another Aisle Walk

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin attends the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Aldrin's second marriage, to Beverly Van Zile, only lasted from 1975-1978, when it ended in divorce.

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Third Time Not Charm

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (R) and his wife Lois Driggs Cannon arrive at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Astronaut Buzz married for a third time, to flamboyant Lois Driggs Cannon, in 1988. But this union didn't last either and the divorce was final in Dec. 2012. Aldrin reportedly had to fork over a lot of cash in his settlement to Lois.

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Marriage Woe

Astronaut, Pilot, USA- im Kreis seiner Familie mit Ehefrau Janetund den Soehnen Eric (hinten) und Mark- 1968 .
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Neil and his first wife Janet tied the knot in 1956 and divorced in 1994. Neil was reportedly "emotionally unavailable" to her, especially in the sadness after their daughter Karen's death. Janet passed away in 2018.

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Bottles Of Booze

Spirit of Aviation winner Mark Rijkse being presented with magnum of champagne by Lady March - Buzz Aldrin in background.
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Aldrin has admitted struggling with depression and alcoholism after coming back from the moon. "I felt discouraged, disappointed," he has said of that time in his life. But he got his act together and now has been sober for years.

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Love Again

Amanda Wright Lane (L), great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright speaks with Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first human to walk on the Moon, and his wife Carol (C) after opening ceremonies at the the National Air and Space Musuem Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 11 December 2003 in Chantilly, Virginia.
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Armstrong married second wife Carol, who was 15 years younger than him, in 1994, not long after his divorce from first spouse Janet. Their relationship appeared happy and Armstrong and Carol were still married at the time of his death.

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Court Battle

Astronaut, USA - mit seiner Ehefrau Joan Archer und denKindern James Michael, Janice R., Andrew J.- undatiert
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In 2018, Aldrin sued two of his children, Andrew and Janice, and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards, transferring money from an account and slandering him by saying he has dementia. The suit came a week after Andrew and Janice filed a petition claiming their father was suffering from memory loss, delusions, paranoia and confusion and asked for the court to name them his legal guardians. During the bizarre fight, Aldrin claimed that they had "forbidden" him from marrying again. It ended when his children withdrew their petition and he dropped the lawsuit in March 2019.

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Spaceship To Cadillacs

Astronaut and this year's Parade Grand Marshal Buzz Aldrin drives up Fifth Avenue in a convertible during the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017 in New York City.
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Aldrin told The Guardian that after his moon mission fame, he fell on hard times and briefly worked as a Cadillac car salesman in Beverly Hills. He opined, "You get a job as a car salesman and you're a horrible car salesman. What does that do to a person's ego?"

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Freak Accident

Close-up of the astronaut Neil Armstrong: Apollo 11 moon landing program has required Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins years of training and sacrifices. 1969. (Photo by Mario De Biasi/Mondadori via Getty Images)
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Armstrong had some near-death experiences with NASA, but almost lost a finger on earth. In November 1978, Armstrong jumped off the back of his grain truck and his wedding ring got stuck in the wheel, tearing off the tip of his left hand's ring finger. The astronaut alertly put his finger piece on ice, and surgeons were able to reattach the digit at a Kentucky hospital.

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Last Days

//men on the moon secrets and scandals exposed
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The first man on the moon had heart surgery in 2012 and appeared to be recovering. But Armstrong died following the complications. Now Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and Command Module pilot, Collins, 88 will be the survivors celebrating the Apollo 11 50-year anniversary.



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