Buzz Aldrin Officially Divorced, Ex-Wife Gets Half Of Fortune And Spousal Support

Buzz Aldrin is officially divorced from his third wife, Lois Driggs Cannon.

The divorce was finalized on December 28, according to TMZ.

Cannon is set to receive half of Aldrin’s $475,000 bank account, as well as 50 percent of any profit he makes from his businesses. Aldrin has also agreed to pay $9,500 a month in spousal support.

Cannon will also be able to keep her 1988 Mercedes, although she might want to have her “Moon Gal” license plate changed.

Aldrin filed for divorce from Cannon in June 2011 after 23 years of marriage. He cited that old cliché — irreconcilable differences — as the cause. The two married on Valentine’s Day in 1988, and shared their first kiss as man and wife to “Fly Me to the Moon.”

When Neil Armstrong died in August 2012, Aldrin lamented the fact that he would not be around to mark the anniversary of the moon landing.

“I had truly hoped that on July 20th, 2019, Neil, Mike [Collins] and I would be standing together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our moon landing, as we also anticipated the continued expansion of humanity into space, that our small mission helped make possible,” Aldrin said in an official statement after Armstrong’s passing. “Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.”

Aldrin hasn’t shied away from criticizing his former employer since his retirement. In December 2003, Aldrin published an opinion piece in The New York Times that expressed concern over NASA’s development of a spacecraft that would only be able to transport four astronauts at a time. He also said that the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster “may lead to a re-invigoration of the shuttle program.” However, he said the tragedy was no reason to give up on manned space travel.

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