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Joan Archer Aldrin dies at 84; dealt with the spotlight as astronaut's wife

Joan Archer Aldrin dies at 84; dealt with the spotlight as astronaut's wife

In the 1960s, few American women were placed on a higher pedestal than the wives of the nation's astronauts. They were symbols of feminine poise, perfectly coiffed mainstays of the home front who waved the flag and raised the children while their husbands raced into space. A launch-day photograph of three smiling wives from the Apollo era seemed to say it all: "Proud, Thrilled, Happy" read the signs they held high. Joan Aldrin, whose husband, Buzz, became the second man to walk on the moon in 1969, felt all of those emotions — and some that she was unprepared for. "I had married an engineer and here he was a hero," she told The Times a few years after her...

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