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Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's Name to Grace New Jersey School He Attended

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    FILE - In this photo released by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface with temperatures ranging from 243 degrees above to 279 degrees below zero. Astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module. The trio was launched to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32 a.m. EDT, July 16, 1969. They departed the moon July 21, 1969. America had beaten the Soviet Union in the race for moon exploration.

    Students walking in the footsteps of the second man to step on the moon cheered as their New Jersey school was renamed after the famous alumnus.

    Montclair's Mt. Hebron Middle School on Friday became the Buzz Aldrin Middle School.

    Aldrin reminisced as he credited his experience at the school with fueling his interest in science and math.

    The West Point and MIT graduate followed Neil Armstrong down the ladder of the lunar module to walk on the moon in 1969.

    Aldrin also visited Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, where he was born in 1930.